The nasal septum is the wall that divides the right and left nasal passages. It is comprised of cartilage and bone, and it supports the overall nasal structure. The nasal septum can become deviated, or crooked, as a result of trauma or natural growth and development. This deviation can block the nasal passages, making it difficult to breath. The condition can possibly lead to snoring or sleep apnea.
The surgery to correct a deviated septum is called a septoplasty, or septal reconstruction. At The Comprehensive ENT Center of Texas in Austin, Dr. Daniel Leeman specializes in septoplasty and septal reconstruction. Because the septum continues to develop until the age of 18, the procedure is most often performed on adults. A septoplasty may help correct:
– Nasal congestion or blockage of one or both nostrils
– Postnasal drip
– Sinusitis or sinus infection
– Headaches or facial pain
– Frequent nosebleeds
– Noisy breathing
Depending on the degree of deviation, a septoplasty can last from one to one and a half hours. Dr. Leeman often performs this outpatient procedure under local or general anesthesia.