If you’re frequently bothered by a congested nose, you may be one of the 80% of people who have a deviated septum. When you have a severe deviation or your symptoms make you miserable, the skilled team at Advantage ENT may recommend septoplasty, a procedure to straighten and reposition the septum. If you think you have a deviated septum, call one of the offices in Arvada, the northern part of Westminster, or Wheat Ridge, Colorado, or request an appointment online today.
The septum is a thin piece of cartilage and bone that usually runs down the center of your nose, dividing the right and left nostrils. When the septum is crooked or off-center, you have a deviated septum.
The severity of the deviation determines your symptoms. A severe deviation can affect the appearance of your nose. It also blocks the airway, making it hard to breathe and increasing your risk of developing infections or inflamed nasal passages.
Some people only have symptoms when they develop an upper respiratory tract infection. For others, the deviation alone causes problems. You may experience:
A deviated septum can have such an impact on your breathing that it affects your ability to get a good night’s sleep.
People with minor symptoms may only need to take decongestants or antihistamines to ease their symptoms. If you have bothersome symptoms or a severe deviation, your provider at Advantage ENT may recommend a surgical procedure called septoplasty.
During septoplasty, your provider straightens your septum and puts it back in the center of your nose. This procedure involves trimming away the deviated portion, replacing some of the cartilage or supporting bone, and then repositioning the restructured septum.
Your provider at Advantage ENT gives you detailed instructions to follow during your recovery from surgery. You may need to take steps to prevent bleeding while your nose heals.
For example, your provider may ask you to elevate your head when sleeping, avoid blowing your nose and stay away from strenuous activities.
If you have congestion or other symptoms of a deviated septum, call Advantage ENT or request an appointment online today.