What You Need to Know About Septoplasty


The nasal septum is the barrier of bone and cartilage that divides your nose into two separate nasal cavities. The septum becomes deviated when it is moved to one side of the nose and is not centered or is crooked. This can happen at birth or due to an injury.  For those individuals with a deviated septum, breathing can be difficult. Severe nasal passage imbalance may lead to an increase in snoring, nasal congestion, nosebleeds, recurring sinus infections, and sinus pressure headaches. In the past, medications such as decongestants or antihistamines were prescribed to limit the symptoms of a deviated septum. Today, you may be a good candidate for repair through septoplasty at an OKOA clinic. Please contact your doctor to find out more information about your condition and this procedure. This is what you need to know about septoplasty in Oklahoma:

What Is Septoplasty?

Septoplasty is a type of nose surgery procedure that can correct the shape of the nose and breathing problems caused by a deformity of the nasal septum. The preferred result of this procedure is the centering and proper alignment of the nasal septum leading to a size balance of nasal cavities. The whole surgery is complete within only an hour to an hour and a half and is usually an outpatient procedure. Healing can be completed in as little as four to six weeks but results do vary depending on certain situations.

What Are the Benefits of Septoplasty?

After surgery at an OKOA clinic, quality of life can be improved in several ways. If you respond well, your nasal passages will be of similar proportion allowing you to breathe more easily. It may also help reduce snoring and increase sleep quality. You might also find that you have fewer sinus infections throughout the year because mucus is no longer blocked and can drain normally.

Who Should Get Septoplasty?

Anyone with difficulty breathing or severe sinus issues due to a deviated septum should talk to Oklahoma nose clinical care to see if surgery is an option. Like any surgery, the procedure is not for everyone and has its risks. However, it is becoming a safer, more common treatment in the United States and the benefits most often outweigh the dangers. We can help you come up with a treatment plan to help you breathe easier.

Contact Oklahoma Otolaryngology Associates today to learn more about septoplasty.