The bone and cartilage located in the in nose is called the nasal septum. This separates the nasal cavity into two nostrils. The bones that comprise the septum include the maxillary crest, the perpendicular plate of the ethmoid and vomer. There is also the quadrangular cartilage. The septum lies normally at the center, making nasal passages symmetrical. A deviated septum is a condition in which the top of the cartilaginous ridge would lean to the side. This causes an obstructed nasal passage. This may result to a poor drainage in the sinuses. Most patients also complain of sleeping disorders like s apnea or snoring, headaches, bloody noses, and difficulty in breathing. Yet, the septum can bend to the left or right as a part of his growth or puberty. But most frequently is it caused by an impact trauma such as a blow on his face. Sometimes, it can be a congenital disorder, where the nose could have been compressed during birth. Deviated septum can also be associated with Marfan syndrome, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and other genetic connective tissue disorders. Many do not know it, but only few possess a perfectly straight septum.
The deviated septum surgery is one way to correct his condition. This is also called as septal reconstruction, submucous resection of the septum or septoplasty. This can also be done together with other treatments for correcting sleep apnea, chronic bleeding, inflammation or sinusitis. This can also be done to remove polyps from the nose. Generally, deviated septum surgery is needed when snoring or breathing is not corrected without such.
Before the deviated septum surgery, the doctor would use an endoscope (a thin, lighted instrument) to check your nasal passage and to see the condition of your septum. Sometimes, the endoscope may be used during the procedure. The deviated septum surgery will only need local or general anesthetics. The procedure will be done in a matter of 60 to 90 minutes, and then you can go home.
The nasal passages and the septum are lined with the nasal mucosa, a layer of soft tissues. Working through the nostrils of a patient is done by the surgeon during the deviated septum surgery. He makes and incision in order to separate the mucosa from the bone and cartilage. The doc tor then does what is needed to fix the cartilage and then replaces the mucosa back over the bone and cartilage. The patient will then be expected to heal completely up to thirty days.
Hence, go for a deviated septum surgery, to correct your septum. It’s not the worst surgery and you get to rest on the hospital back stretchers which is important for your recovery.