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Nasal Airway Surgery
Dr. Julian Dixon, MD - Chicago

Help I can’t breathe through my nose!

Deviated Nasal Septum

Many patients who find it difficulty to breathe through their nose suffer from a deviated nasal septum. The nasal septum is a thin “wall” of cartilage and bone that divides the nose into two cavities. Many people have a deviated septum, meaning that the wall is crooked. It can arise from birth or be a result of trauma or previous surgery. Depending on the location and the severity, a deviated septum can lead to nasal obstruction and external, visible deviations of the nose.

Common Questions about Nasal Airway Surgery

What are the symptoms of a deviated septum?

Symptoms of a deviated septum include:

  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Dry mucous membranes
  • Snoring
  • Mouth breathing
  • Headaches
  • Sinusitis
  • Decreased smell and taste
  • Post-nasal drip

What is a septoplasty?

A septoplasty is a surgical procedure that straightens or changes the shape of the nasal septum to treat symptoms of nasal obstruction. During the surgery, the septum is repositioned or removed to open the nasal airway. If needed, turbinate reduction can be performed at the same time.

A septoplasty procedure involves the removal or reshaping of the deviated portions of the bone and cartilage along the septum. Once the septum is straightened, the incision is then closed with stitches. The doctor may place splints inside the nostrils to help the septum heal straight and minimize the formation of scar tissue.

What are the advantages of a septoplasty?

  • Associated with very little discomfort or pain
  • No external bruising or swelling
  • Fast and easy recovery
  • Will not change the appearance of your nose, unless performed as part of a rhinoplasty

What results can I expect from a septoplasty?

Most patients report a significant improvement in nasal airflow within 5-6 days after surgery. Immediately after surgery, there may be more air moving through the nose than ever before. There is usually minimal pain during the recovery period and patients can return to non-strenuous activities the day after surgery, with normal activities resumed within one week.

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