What is deviated nasal septum?
Deviated nasal septum is a condition marked by the displacement of the nasal septum, the thin wall that separates the nasal passages, to one-side, thereby making one nasal passage smaller than the other. In severe cases, there can be blockage which is likely to reduce the airflow and lead to breathing difficulties. In some cases, the nasal septum may be bent, which again can lead to dryness and bleeding.
The problem is usually diagnosed by conducting a detailed physical examination. Your nostril will be spread open with the help of a special instrument. The doctor will then use a bright light to look inside your nose, using a tube-like scope. You will be asked some questions related to the symptoms and whether they are improving or getting worse.
Doctors may recommend Decongestants, Antihistamines and nasal sprays for managing the symptoms. If you wish to get rid of the problem permanently, surgery is the best resort. Septoplasty is the most common surgical intervention used to repair a deviated septum. It involves the straightening or repositioning of the centre of your nose. How well you are responding to the surgery depends upon the severity of your condition and the level of deviation.
To prepare for surgery, take good care of your health and try to learn as much as you can about the procedure. Planning ahead can help ensure you have a successful procedure and heal faster with a smooth recovery.
Depending upon the procedure and the patient's health, our surgeons may recommend some patients to medications. However, these medications are prescribed after a thorough evaluation of their medical history and overall health. Therefore, you need to inform the doctor about your allergies and previous medical conditions in advance
Recovery time after the surgery may vary from one patient to another. Usually, it depends on several factors, such as the patient's age, the type of surgery and the adversity of the problem that is being addressed during the surgery. Therefore, it is important to talk to your doctor about the same prior to your surgery.