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Deviated Septum Surgery in Kolkata

A Deviated Septum occurs when the thin wall, called nasal septum, between your nasal passages is off-centre or deviated, making one nasal passage smaller.

A severe Deviated Septum can block one side of your nose and cause difficulty in breathing. Medications and nasal dilators can help reduce swelling and open the nasal passages. Surgery is required to correct this septal deformity.

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Deviated Septum – Symptoms

A Deviated Septum usually doesn’t show any signs or symptoms. In most cases, you may have a Deviated Septum and not even realise it. However, sometimes, you may notice a few of the following symptoms:

  • Obstruction of one or both nostrils – the blockage can make it difficult to breathe freely.
  • Nosebleeds – can occur if the surface of your nasal septum becomes too dry
  • Facial pain – in a severely obstructed nose, the inner nasal surfaces touch each other and cause pressure, resulting in pain on one side of your face.
  • Noisy breathing during sleep – due to obstruction to airflow or swelling of the intranasal tissues.
  • Preference for sleeping on a particular side – in order to optimize breathing through your nose if a nostril is narrowed.
  • Awareness of the nasal cycle – it is normal for healthy nostrils to alternate being obstructed, one at a time. This is called the nasal cycle, which is a normal phenomenon. However, being aware of your nasal cycle isn’t normal and can indicate nasal obstruction such as a Deviated Septum.

Deviated Septum – Causes

A Deviated Septum occurs when the thin wall that separates your right and left nostril, is displaced to one side.

You may have a septal deformity due to the following reasons:

  • Birth Defect – Deviated Septum may occur during fetal development and it is apparent at birth.
  • Nose Injury – An injury to the nose during an automobile accident or contact sports like wrestling can displace the septum. In infants, an injury may even occur during childbirth.

With age, a Deviated Septum can worsen. Also, the narrow nasal passage caused due to a Deviated Septum can further get obstructed if you develop Rhinitis or Rhinosinusitis, swelling and irritation of nasal cavities and sinus cavities respectively.

Deviated Septum – Diagnosis

If you visit your doctor on suspicion of a septal deformity, your doctor may perform the following diagnosis –

  • You will be asked for information about all your symptoms.
  • A visual examination of your nostrils will be done using a bright light along with an instrument that spreads open your nostrils.
  • The doctor may also check farther back in your nose with a thin, long and lighted scope.
  • Your doctor may examine your nasal tissues before and after applying a decongestant spray.

Deviated Septum – Treatment

Initially, your doctor may prescribe medications to manage your symptoms. These include –

  • Decongestants – to reduce nasal tissue swelling and keeping the nasal passages open.
  • Antihistamines – to prevent a stuffy or runny nose, and conditions occurring with a cold.
  • Nasal steroid sprays – to reduce swelling in your nasal passage and help with drainage.

Medications, however, only treat the symptoms of a Deviated Septum and don’t correct the deformity itself.

If your symptoms persist even after medications, you may consider a Septoplasty surgery to correct your Deviated Septum –

  • The doctor reconstructs the septum and repositions it in the centre.
  • Septoplasty can completely cure the nasal obstruction.
  • However, it cannot cure the nasal or sinus allergies that affect the nasal tissue linings.
  • Septoplasty can be combined with a Rhinoplasty i.e. a nose reshaping surgery.

Deviated Septum – Risks & Complications

If you have a severe case of Deviated Septum, it can lead to:

  • Dry mouth, due to continuous breathing through the mouth
  • Congestion in your nasal passages
  • Disturbed sleep, due to not being able to breathe comfortably through your nose at night

Undergoing a Septoplasty surgery can lead to the following complications-

  • Persisting symptoms, such as nasal obstruction
  • Severe bleeding
  • Infection
  • Altered shape of your nose
  • Septal perforation (hole in the septum)
  • Decreased sense of smell
  • Blood clots in the nasal space
  • Reduced sensation in the upper gum, teeth or nose

Deviated Septum – Pre Op Care

  • Avoid eating or drinking anything 6-8 hours before surgery.
  • Inform the doctor about all ongoing medication and supplements.
  • Inform the doctor about allergies to Penicillin or any other drugs.
  • You may have to undergo Blood tests, X-ray of chest or ECG before the surgery.

Deviated Septum – Post Op Care

  • Take the prescribed pain medications.
  • Keep your head elevated while sleeping.
  • Avoid blowing your nose.
  • Avoid clothes that have to be pulled over your head. Prefer wearing clothes that fasten in the front, to avoid hurting the nose.
  • Avoid strenuous activities.
  • Avoid driving.
  • Avoid staying exposed in direct sunlight for more than 15 minutes.
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Frequently Asked Questionss

Can a Deviated Septum correct itself over time?

No, a Deviated Septum does not get corrected by itself. You will be required to undergo surgery to correct the deformity.

What are the risks of Deviated Septum surgery or Septoplasty?

There are a few risks of Septoplasty including continued nasal obstruction, bleeding, infection, a hole in the septum, and temporary numbness in the upper gum, teeth or nose.

What is the recovery time after Septoplasty?

A full recovery after Septoplasty can take 1 to 2 months.

How long will I have to stay in the hospital after Septoplasty?

You may usually be able to go home the same day immediately after the surgery.

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