What is a Deviated Nasal Septum?

The nasal septum is the bone and cartilage that divides your nose into the right and left sides. When the septum becomes off-center and leans to either one of the sides of the nasal cavity, it is said to be “deviated.” The condition is called a deviated nasal septum. 

The condition can arise due to an injury to the nose or may occur during fetal development or childbirth. Regardless of the reason, the problem can cause serious issues in severe cases. When the deviation is minor, you may not experience any symptoms and live without even knowing that your nose deviates. However, when the deviation is severe, it can block the nose and reduce the airflow that will cause breathing difficulty, nasal congestion/obstruction, nosebleeds, and other problems. 

The symptoms can be controlled and managed with the help of decongestants, antihistamines, or nasal steroid sprays. But to correct the deviation, you’ll need to undergo a surgical procedure known as septoplasty. 

During septoplasty, the ENT surgeon straightens and repositions the septum and cuts a small part of the bone if needed. The bone and cartilage are aligned in the center properly. The results of the surgery will vary according to the severity of the deviation. But the doctor will ensure that symptoms like nasal obstruction are resolved completely. In some cases, rhinoplasty and septoplasty may be combined to correct the bone and reshape the nose. Septoplasty can also be combined with sinus surgery to resolve deviated septum and sinus problems simultaneously. 

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  • Injury to the nasal passage
  • Sports injuries
  • Direct impact on the nose
  • Age-related deviation
  • Birth defects during fetal development
  • Injury to the nose childbirth
  • Connective tissue diseases
  • Noisy breathing
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep apnea
  • Snoring
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Nasal congestion.
Your consultation with our septoplasty surgeon in India will begin with the doctor asking about your symptoms and how long have you been having those symptoms. The doctor will examine the inside of your nose with the use of bright light. The doctor may also check the nasal tissues before and after applying a decongestant nasal spray. Based on your diagnosis, the septoplasty doctor will evaluate your deviated septum and determine the severity of your condition. The severity of your condition is an important factor in determining the treatment. Your ENT doctor will suggest the most suitable and beneficial treatment option for your case.
The nasal septum is the partition of the nose and is made up of bone and cartilage that separates both the nasal cavities from each other. Septoplasty is the surgery that corrects the defects and deformities of the nasal septum. This surgery aims to straighten the nasal septum in the midline position, as much as possible and clear the airway by removing the deviated part and restructuring the bone and cartilage. We perform septoplasty as an outpatient procedure under local or general anesthesia, based on the needs of the condition. Our ENT doctors have an unparalleled record of performing successful ENT surgeries like FESS, septoplasty, tonsillectomy, and so on. If you are suffering from problems associated with deviated nasal septum such as breathing difficulties, snoring, nasal blockage, or congestion, a septoplasty surgery can greatly improve your life and eliminate such symptoms. You can make your appointment with our ENT doctor for nasal septum treatment in India.
  • Playing contact sports without protection
  • Not wearing seatbelt while riding motor vehicles
  • Weak bone density or structure
  • Physical trauma
  • Rest all day after surgery and avoid touching, rubbing, or blowing your nose.
  • Apply ice packs to your nose and eyes to get relief from the pain and swelling.
  • Keep your nose dry while using an ice pack. Cover the ice packs with a dry cloth or small towel.
  • Sleep by keeping two pillows under your head.
  • Take the prescribed medicines without failure.
  • Take pain medications when you feel pain and don’t let it get very bad.
  • Do not perform heavy exercises or operate heavy machinery that can put more pressure on your face for at least 1 to 2 weeks.
  • Avoid bending over, holding your breath, or tightening face muscles even during bowel movements.
  • Don’t take a bath or shower for 24 hours after surgery. The nurse will provide instructions for cleaning your nose.
  • You can go outside but avoid staying under the sun for more than 15 minutes.
  • Follow-up with the doctor as suggested.

Frequently Asked Question

No. The deviation in the nasal septum can only be corrected through surgery. But it is possible to manage and control the symptoms caused by deviated septum through medications.

The surgical treatment of deviated septum, i.e., a septoplasty, will cost you around Rs. 35,000 to Rs. 60,000 depending on various factors. These factors include the severity of the condition, doctor’s fee, hospital charges, medications, etc.
If the deviated septum is left untreated for a long time, it can cause problems like sleep apnea, high blood pressure, diabetes, headaches, etc. In the worst-case scenarios, it can also lead to strokes, heart attacks, or heart failure. That is why it is important to seek proper treatment from an ENT specialist.
Yes. You can live with a deviated septum if it doesn’t cause any problems. However, leaving the condition untreated will make you vulnerable to the problems that can arise due to a deviated septum. Therefore, it is suggested that you consult a specialist regarding this and then make an informed decision.
Yes. Septoplasty involves repositioning of the bone and cartilage of the nose. And sometimes, a small part of the bone is also removed to straighten the septum. This can result in changes in your facial structure, and you will most likely have an enhanced appearance.
Septoplasty is done primarily to resolve the nasal obstruction and improve the airflow in the nasal passage. This eliminates breathing problems and allows you to breathe properly within a few days after septoplasty.
The patient usually feels little to no pain after surgery. In case you experience discomfort, the ENT surgeon will prescribe you pain medications, such as acetaminophen. You may also have minor swelling in the following days after surgery.
There are higher possibilities that a deviated septum will get worse with age as the bone density and strength also reduces. It makes your nose bone and cartilage softer, brittle, and weaker. Due to this, the nasal septum becomes more vulnerable to deviation.
Yes. Septoplasty is covered by major insurance providers as it is done to correct a disease that can be life-threatening if not treated properly. It is deemed necessary by doctors as well as insurance companies. Thus, all your expenses for septoplasty will be covered under your health insurance plan.

Are there any risks of undergoing deviated septum surgery?

No surgery is completely risk-free. But in the case of septoplasty, the benefits of the surgery outweigh the risks. Whether the doctor has suggested septoplasty or septorhinoplasty, the procedure is safe, effective, and can be made risk-free by having an ENT specialist perform the surgery. 

Under all circumstances, the doctor will discuss all the potential risks of the procedure before you decide to undergo surgery. 

  • Infection 
  • Excessive bleeding 
  • Perforation in the septum 
  • Loss of smell
  • Temporary numbness in upper gums and teeth 
  • Septal hematoma 

Mitigating these risks is possible only when an expert surgeon is carrying out the procedure. Therefore, the best thing to do is to get in touch with an experienced ENT doctor and get their help to resolve the deviated septum problems. 


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