The healthcare professional can diagnose a deviated septum during the physical examination. Usually, a bright light and an instrument can help visualize the nasal septum by opening the nostril helps make the correct diagnosis.
Septoplasty is the best possible surgical procedure for treating a deviated septum and sleep apnea. It takes the surgeons anywhere between 30-90 minutes to complete the procedure. However, it depends on the complexity of the condition. Any barriers like extra pieces of cartilage or bone are removed in the procedure to straighten the septum.
In this procedure, the surgeon will make an incision on one side of your nose to assess the septum. The deviated septum is moved into the right position. Some barriers, like pieces of bone or cartilage, are removed. The last step is to place the repositioning of the mucous membrane. You may need stitches to hold the septum and the membrane in place. However, packing the nose with the cotton is sometimes enough to keep it in position.