Septal Deviation

A deviated septum is when the septal cartilage dividing your left and right nostrils is crooked to one side.  Surgical repair of a deviated septum does not change the outward appearance of the nose.

The shape of your nasal cavity could be the cause of chronic sinusitis. The nasal septum is the wall dividing the nasal cavity into halves; it is composed of a central supporting skeleton covered on each side by mucous membrane. The front portion of this natural partition is a firm but bendable structure made mostly of cartilage and is covered by skin that has a substantial supply of blood vessels. The ideal nasal septum is exactly midline, separating the left and right sides of the nose into passageways of equal size.

A deviated septum occurs when the septum is severely shifted away from the midline. 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.

What is Septoplasty?

Septoplasty is the preferred surgical treatment to correct a deviated septum. Michael Bublik, MD specializes in Septoplasty and in the medical and surgical treatment of patients with various nasal and sinus disorders including nasal obstruction, environmental allergies, acute and chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, and sinus headaches. Dr. Bublik is a board-certified Head and Neck Surgeon and recognized leader in the field and has trained with the leading experts in this surgery. Learn more about Septoplasty



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