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The ABCs of Septoplasty

Septoplasty is surgery to correct any problems in the nasal septum, the wall inside the nose that separates the nostrils. The septum should ideally run down the center of the nose. When it deviates into one of the nasal cavities, it narrows that cavity and impedes airflow.

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When Would I Need Septoplasty?

The main indications for Septoplasty are to repair a crooked, bent, or deformed nasal septum that blocks the airway in your nose. People with this condition usually breathe through their mouth and may be more likely to get nasal or sinus infections. Septoplasty may also be performed in cases where a patient is having uncontrollable nosebleeds or to repair a hole in the nasal septum, also called a nasal perforation. The most common symptom from a badly deviated or crooked septum is difficulty breathing through the nose. The symptoms are usually worse on one side, and sometimes actually occur on the side opposite the bend. In some cases the crooked septum can interfere with the drainage of the sinuses, resulting in repeated sinus infections.

How is Septoplasty Performed?

The goal of the surgery is to straighten out the nasal septum, to relieve obstructions, or other problems related to the deviation of the septum. An incision is made internally on one side of the nasal septum. After the mucous membrane is elevated away from the bone, obstructive parts of bone and cartilage are removed, and plastic surgery is performed as necessary. Then the mucous membrane is returned to its original position.

what is a deviated septum

What Can I Expect After My Septoplasty?

Patients typically go home on the same day as surgery. Most septoplasty procedures successfully straighten the septum allowing breathing to improve.

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What Are My Options?

If you have been diagnosed with a deviated septum or are having common symptoms associated with a deviated septum, we encourage you to make an appointment to discuss your symptoms and options with Dr. Greene. A medical consultation is the best way to determine what course of action is best for your individual needs. Call us at 239.263.8444 to set up an appointment today.

Did You Know?

About 70 to 80 percent of people have a septal deviation that's noticeable to an examiner.

A deviated septum that is moderate to severe can result in nasal obstruction.

If you find that you frequently have sinus infections, then it could be due to a deviated septum.

Insurance Coverage

Most insurance companies and Medicare cover Sinuplasty. To be certain of your sinus surgery insurance coverage, contact your insurance provider or call our office and we can help determine if your policy covers this procedure.

To learn more about our insurance options, visit our insurance section of this website.

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