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What is the Deviated Nasal Septum?

A deviated septum is defined as a bent or crooked nasal septum. The condition is very common and goes unnoticed for over 80% of the cases. The medical condition occurs when the thin wall called nasal septum that is between the nasal passages is shifted to one side. If the nasal septum is off-center, or one side of the nasal passage is smaller than the other, it is called nasal septum deviation or deviated nasal septum. Since the problem is common and goes without notice, it is evident that it does not cause a lot of problems. If the nasal septum is severely shifted or bent towards one side of the nose, it can lead to problems such as blockage of nasal flow. The same results in loss of sufficient airflow to the nose causing difficulty breathing. On the other hand, severely bent nasal septum can also cause dryness in the nasal cavity. The reduced airflow to the nose can result in the hardening of tissues in the nasal cavity or bleeding as well.



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Chronic sinus related problems


Sleep disruptions


Dry mouth


Nose bleeding


Pressure in the nasal passages


Defect in the septum during fetal development and is apparent at birth

Injuries that may cause the nasal septum to be moved out of position

Aging and its effect on the structure of the nose

Narrowing of the nasal passage due to long term swelling and irritation in the nasal cavity


Difficulty breathing through the nose

Nasal congestion which is apparent on one side

Recurrent sinus infections



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An expert ENT doctor can help you figure out if you have deviated septum in a physical examination. The ENT specialist can also ask questions to discuss if you are facing symptoms or not. The doctor can see if the symptoms are getting worse or improving. The expert ENT specialist diagnoses a deviated septum with a bright light and an instrument that can help visualize the nasal septum by opening the nostril.

Surgical Treatment of Deviated Septum

The best treatment of a deviated nasal septum is an advanced surgical procedure with modern medical devices. The best possible surgical procedure for treating a deviated septum and sleep apnea takes anywhere between 60-90 minutes to complete. However, it depends on the complexity of the condition as well. The modern treatment entails the reconstruction of the nasal septum, septoplasty, and removal of any hindrance such as extra pieces of cartilage or bone. In the modern daycare procedure to straighten the septum, the patient may not experience any pain. After the treatment, a patient will feel improved breathing, improved quality of life, a heightened sense of smell and a better facial structure.

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Your safety is taken care of by thermal screening, social distancing, sanitized clinics and hospital rooms, sterilized surgical equipment and mandatory PPE kits during surgery.

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A dedicated Medical Coordinator assists you throughout the surgery journey from insurance paperwork, to free commute from home to hospital & back and admission-discharge process at the hospital.

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Our surgeons spend a lot of time with you to diagnose your condition. You are assisted in all pre-surgery medical diagnostics. We offer advanced laser and laparoscopic surgical treatment. Our procedures are USFDA approved.

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Post Surgery Care

We offer free follow-up consultations and instructions including dietary tips as well as exercises to every patient to ensure they have a smooth recovery to their daily routines.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Fast Facts about Deviated Septum

A deviated septum, if severely bent, can cause nasal blockage or congestion or obstruction of the airway. The same can further lead to swelling of the tissues lining the nose. The condition if causing trouble breathing, recurrent sinus infection or blocked nostril that doesn't respond to at-home treatments or nosebleeds, you may need to consult an ENT specialist.In case the deviated septum is causing a lot of problems, getting a proper treatment after a thorough diagnosis will be in your favor.


The prevention of nasal septum deviation which is present at birth is rather difficult as it forms when the baby is growing in the womb. But, a person can prevent injuries to the nose that can cause a deviated septum. A person has to be alert and try to avoid any injury to the face or nose. If you drive, you can wear a helmet. If you are into contact sports, you can wear a midface mask.

Diet After Septoplasty Surgery

After a deviated nasal septum surgery, a patient has to follow a soft diet for the next 2 weeks. The diet after septoplasty includes consumption of milkshakes, ice cream, yogurt, cottage cheese, mashed potatoes, rice, pasta, creamed soups, custard, and puddings. Also, a patient has to avoid food that requires a lot of chewing.

Complications after Septoplasty Surgery

Though modern surgery involves fewer complications, the surgical procedure may involve some problems. Dehydration and too much activity after the surgery can also increase the chances of bleeding.

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