The nasal septum is a wall that divides the inside of the nose in half. It is formed from cartilage (towards the front of the nose) as well as bone (further back in the nose). When the septum is deviated or bent, either from trauma to the nose or as a byproduct of development, this can cause blockage of one or both nasal passages. The main symptom patients experience with a deviated septum is difficulty breathing through the nose. A deviated septum may also contribute to other symptoms, including sinus infections, nosebleeds, nasal dryness, snoring and headaches. In some cases, medical treatment using nasal moisturizers as well as a nasal steroid spray can provide adequate symptom relief. In other cases, a surgical procedure called septoplasty may be beneficial. This procedure is performed as an outpatient surgery through an incision inside the nostril.
Septoplasty is different from Rhinoplasty where in addition to helping nasal breathing, the nose can be reshaped to create a change or improvement in appearance. All of the physicians at Peak ENT have extensive experience performing this procedure.