A deviated septum is the most common reason to have non-cosmetic nasal surgery. A crooked nasal septum may result in a compromised airway. Blockage can occur when there is additional cartilage, bone or mucosal tissue. In addition to the nasal septum, small bones on the sides of the inner nose called turbinates can become enlarged and futher exacerbate breathing problems. The turbulent air rushing through the nose not only creates problems for breathing but may also contribute to night time snoring.
Enlarged turbinates can typically be dealt with as an awake, in office procedure using radiofrequency or coblation. Treatment involves minimal discomfort or down time and can signficantly help both breathing and snoring symptoms.
If the nasal septum requires treatment, a septoplasty is often performed. A Septoplasty is a surgical procedure that straightens a deviated or crooked septum to improve breathing. It may also improve symptoms of snoring, allergies, and recurrent sinus infections. A septoplasty requires no visible incisions and typically takes about 1 to 1 1/2 hours under light anesthesia.
If you have trouble breathing out of your nose or with night time snoring, contact Dr. Joffrey and his colleagues at our Snoring Center for a comprehensive evaluation.
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