What is nose septum deviation:
Nasal septum deviation is the condition when the nasal septum is shifted to the left or to the right. The septum separates the nose cavities (pits) ; ideally it is to be located in the nose, and equally to separate the two sides. About 80% of people show a displaced nasal septum, which diminishes the nasal passage.
When a deviated septum is severe one can obstruct nasal passages, reducing the amount of air necessary for respiration process. The result is difficulty in breathing, nasal congestion, nasal bleeding and sinus infections.Nasal septum deviation may be present at birth, but most cases occur after trauma. At first, the treatment of nasal obstruction involves administering medication to relieve symptoms and to correct septal deviation by surgery.
Nasal septum deviation symptoms:
- Nasal Bleeding : because a deviated septum can cause air turbulence inside the nostrils , make them more prone to drying out;
- Sinus Infections: a deviated septum also cause you to suffer from sinusitis ; due to obstruction of openings sinus and interferance with the drainage you will encounter difficulty expelling nasal mucus and this may cause sinus infection;
- Nose Blockage: by not having centralized sptum you cannot easier breath (airflow through your nose);
- Sleeping Disorders: sleep apnea, noisy breathing or snoring;
- Odor reduction;
Septum deviation operation:
Septum deviation surgery is not a very complicated procedure and it lasts between 60 and 90 minutes. Operation of nasal septum deviation correction can be done with general or local anesthesia. The doctor makes an incision inside the nose, removing cartilage and bone lining covering deviated septum and then he will fix the deformed septum. Sometimes it may be necessary to remove some bone chips or supporting the septum with small splints that are removed after a few days. Usually it is not necessary dressing, just using nasal swabs to prevent bleeding. You can go home after 3-4 hours of surgery.
Nasal septum deviation recovery:
For 24-36 hours after nasal septum deviation surgery, the operated person may have a light sensitivity or pain in the nose. To reduce discomfort, your doctor may recommend painkillers and to prevent complications some antibiotics. It is not indicated for the patient to blow his nose or to sneeze with the mouth open. Daily activities can be resumed after three to seven days after a nasal septum deviation surgery.
Nasal septum deviation side effects:
If heavy bleeding occurs after a nasal septum deviation surgery or you have intense pain, fever and difficulty in breathing it is indicated a medical examination immediately because they may be postoperative complications.
Nasal septum deviation surgery is an easy operation, which usually does not have too many complications, recovery being made in a short time if you follow the doctor’s instructions .
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