Septoplasty / Deviated Septum in Tampa and Spring Hill, FL
A deviated septum is most often associated with snoring, but the condition also causes a variety of other symptoms, such as sore throat, nose bleeds and much more. As board-certified Otolaryngologist/Head and Neck Surgeons serving Tampa, Spring Hill and nearby towns in Florida, the physicians of Suncoast ENT Surgical Specialists have the expertise you need for septoplasty/deviated septum treatments.
How Can Septoplasty Treat Nasal Blockage?
A nasal septum is the wall of thin cartilage and bone that separates the nostrils of the nose. When someone has a deviated septum, this wall is crooked or offset, leading to a high level of discomfort that makes daily living difficult. An individual with a deviated septum may experience sleep apnea, loud snoring or breathing problems while asleep or awake, requiring a visit to Suncoast ENT Surgical Specialists in Spring Hill or Tampa for a thorough examination.
Septoplasty also known as submucous resection or septal reconstruction of the nose’s septum is designed to repair the defective structure that is blocking the airways in a patient’s nasal regions. Other reasons for this surgical procedure are to permit easier access into the nose to remove nasal polyps or to assist in curing chronic sinusitis.
Can a Deviated Septum Affect My Health?
A deviated septum can lead to uncomfortable nasal obstruction, depending on the location and severity of the deviation. Patients visiting Suncoast ENT Surgical Specialists may experience an assortment of symptoms, including:
- Sore throats
- Postnasal drip
- Decreased senses of taste and smell
- Nasal pain
- Dry mucous membranes
- Breathing difficulties
Patients frequently have enlarged turbinates with septal deviations that exacerbate the problem when they also have allergies, sinus infections or the air quality is poor. A complete evaluation of the upper airways by an ENT specialist is vital when there are symptoms of a nasal obstruction. In addition to these problems, a deviated septum is often noticeable on the outside of the nose, causing emotional distress for patients.
How is a Deviated Septum Treated?
The goal of non-surgical treatment for a deviated septum is to improve your symptoms. A physician may recommend avoiding medications such as antihistamines, decongestants and inhaled steroids that dry the interior of the nose or mucous membranes. Our Suncoast ENTs may prescribe saline sprays to hydrate the mucous membranes or antibiotics to eliminate an infection. Patients with allergies to pollens, pet dander or household dust should avoid those items.
Surgery for a deviated septum is designed to straighten the cartilage and bone to repair problems on the interior and exterior of the nose. The goal of surgery is to have both a functionally improved and cosmetically pleasing nose.
What is Septoplasty?
A septoplasty is surgery to change the shape or straighten the nose to improve or eliminate the problems associated with nasal obstruction. Depending on the deviation, a surgeon will operate endoscopically, using tiny incisions inside the nose or as an open procedure with incisions on the outside of the nose. Septoplasties are often performed as outpatient procedures in patients receiving general or local anesthesia.
During a septoplasty, the cartilage or bone of the septum is repositioned or removed to open the airway of the nose. Additional procedures that are not part of a septoplasty are often performed at the same time such as operating on the sinus cavity or breaking nasal bones to improve the appearance of the nose. Turbinate enlargement is commonly seen with a deviated septum. When performing a septoplasty, it is sometimes necessary to reduce the size of the turbinates. There are many ways of performing this procedure.
A septoplasty does not typically lead to pain, but patients having a rhinoplasty at the same time to change the nose’s shape may have pain along with significant bruising around the eyes.
After the procedure is over, a patient’s nose may be packed with absorbent material to prevent bleeding and encourage healing. Nasal congestion due to tissue swelling is common but goes away quickly. Patients must avoid medications and supplements that can cause excessive bleeding to occur. Suncoast ENT’s discuss the septoplasty procedure with patients, explaining the possible risks, complications, and benefits. It takes three to six weeks for patients to notice the improvements in the airflow inside their nasal passages after the deviated septum is corrected. To enjoy the benefits of a deviated septum repair, patients should contact Suncoast ENT Surgical Specialists to schedule a consultation.
Benefits of Septoplasty
When you are diagnosed with a deviated septum, surgery may be recommended if you experience any of the following chronic conditions:
- Excessive snoring
- Sinus infections
- Facial pain
- Nasal congestion on one or both sides
In most cases, patients have discovered that medications such as steroid sprays or antihistamines offer only temporary relief from symptoms caused by a deviated septum. Patients with recurrent sinus infections may feel better from antibiotic treatment, but a septoplasty provides a permanent solution.
Is a Septoplasty Right for Me?
Patients consider a septoplasty for different reasons. Perhaps you were born with a deviated septum and it’s affecting your breathing or maybe you’ve been the victim of a septal trauma. There are no wrong reasons for septoplasty. If you have a concern or think the procedure will be of benefit to your breathing or improve your appearance, we recommend septoplasty.
Your sore throat, postnasal drip, nosebleeds and other symptoms may be associated with a deviated septum, even if you do not snore. A deviated septum can also affect your energy level because it interferes with proper breathing. Suncoast ENT Surgical Specialists offer septoplasty/deviated septum treatments to help you and others in Tampa, Spring Hill and surrounding towns in Florida. Contact our office today to schedule your personal consultation.