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What is a Deviated Septum?

A disfigured septum may be caused due to injuries, or birth defects as few people are born with a disfigured septum. Symptoms of deviated septum include facial pain, frequent nosebleeds, and nasal obstruction, and surgery is the only way to correct a deviated septum. Septoplasty is the surgical procedure for correcting the disfigured septum works to straighten the septum, enabling improved airflow through the nose.

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Benefits of Septoplasty
  • Improves airflow
  • Enhances sleep quality
  • Reduced snoring
  • Improves breathing
  • Eliminates nasal congestion
Why advanced septoplasty treatment?
  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • Outpatient procedure
  • Faster recovery
  • Fewer chances of risks
  • Minimal blood loss
Why Pristyn Care?
  • Highly experienced ENT surgeons
  • Assistance in insurance approval
  • Advanced medical technology used to provide the treatment
  • Free-follow up consultation
  • Free transportation on the day of the surgery
Prevention of deviated nasal septum
  • Wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle
  • Wear a mid face mask when playing contact sports
  • Wear a seatbelt while driving cars
  • Avoid wearing a tight mask
  • Avoid smoking to minimize breathing issues


Diagnostic procedures for deviated septum surgery

A deviated septum can be easily diagnosed by a physical examination. To check the shape and size of the nostrils, the doctor uses a bright light and speculum (to spread open the nostrils).

In addition to physical examination, imaging tests like X-rays are performed to see the internal structures of the nose. The doctor also uses a long tube-shaped scope with a bright light at the tip to check the back of the nose. This procedure is called an endoscopy.

Based on the results of this physical examination, the doctor can clearly and easily diagnose a deviated septum and determine its severity. While the diagnosis can be performed by any doctor, only an ENT specialist can provide treatment for it.

Treatment for nasal septum deviation

Initial treatment for a deviated septum is aimed at managing the symptoms and making the patient’s life easier in the short term. This includes decongestants, antihistamines, and nasal steroid sprays, to keep the airways open and make breathing easier.

Medicines can only treat symptoms, they cannot correct a deviated septum. Once the symptoms are managed, surgery is necessary to eliminate the chances of recurrence of nasal infections.

Typically, the best treatment for a deviated septum is a septoplasty.

During a septoplasty, the nasal septum is straightened and repositioned at the center of the nose. The surgeon cuts and removes parts of the nasal septum before re-inserting them in their proper position. A septoplasty procedure can take about 30-90 minutes, based on the amount of correction needed.

After the surgery, the nose is immobilized using splints and soft tissue packs to prevent future nosebleeds and the formation of scar tissue. The splints are removed 1-2 weeks after the surgery but the tissue packing in the nose is removed within 2-3 days. Splints help the nose heal in its new position. For better aesthetic results, the procedure may be combined with a rhinoplasty.

At Pristyn Care, you can avail surgery for deviated septum from the best ENT doctors near you. Book a free consultation with the best ENT doctors in Kochi without any hassle.

Why choose Pristyn Care for Septoplasty?

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Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery

Pristyn Care ENT specialists provide advanced septoplasty surgery for better breathing in patients and help them get rid of snoring and sleep apnea.


Experienced ENT Surgeons

At Pristyn Care, we have ENT surgeons with 8-10 years of experience in performing advanced septoplasty surgery with successful results.


Over 95% Success Rate

Septoplasty surgery at Pristyn Care has a success rate of over 95%, thanks to our advanced treatment facilities, expert surgeons, and state-of-the-art treatment centers.


Consultations With Diagnostic Endoscopy

At Pristyn Care, you can avail pre and postoperative consultations along with diagnostic endoscopy for diagnostic confirmation and treatment planning. You will also receive follow-up checkups with your ENT surgeon after surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a deviated septum get worse over time?

Deviated septum may not necessarily get worse with age. However, if you have any allergies or deviations that cause severe breathing problems with age, an untreated deviated septum can get worsen with age.

Is septoplasty covered under insurance?

Most health insurance policies cover septoplasty as it is medically necessary in many cases to make breathing easier and prevent sinus infection and other health problems. If you are unsure about your health insurance policy, contact your insurance provider to know about your policy terms.

Can a deviated septum cure on its own?

No. A deviated nasal septum can not get cured on its own because it is made of bone and cartilage. The only way to fix or straighten the deviated bone present in the nose is a surgical procedure called septoplasty.

Can I drink alcohol post septoplasty treatment?

No. It is highly advisable not to consume alcohol for at least ten days post septoplasty surgery. Consumption of alcohol during recovery duration may compromise your healing process. However, it is always better to speak to your ENT doctor before drinking alcohol post septoplasty treatment.

Is deviated septum genetic?

Yes. There are chances that a deviated septum can be genetic and may pass on to the coming generation. However, the possibilities of the genetic deviated nasal septum are lesser as compared to a deviation that occurs because of an injury during childbirth.

Can I live with a deviated nasal septum?

Sometimes, yes. You can live with a deviated nasal septum if it is not bothering you or causing any problems. However, leaving the deviated septum untreated will make you prone to the symptoms that can occur due to a deviated septum such as infection, breathing issues, nasal congestion, etc. Therefore, it is always a better option to consult an ENT specialist or rhinologist to get a thorough diagnosis along with a proper treatment.

What is the difference between septoplasty and rhinoplasty?

There is a significant difference between septoplasty and rhinoplasty surgeries. However, both are done on the nose but have different purposes. Septoplasty is performed to restore the normal functioning of the nose while improving the breathing quality. On the other hand, rhinoplasty is suggested to enhance the aesthetics of the nose by correcting and aligning it with other facial features.

Does the shape of the nose become different after septoplasty surgery?

No. The shape of the nose does not change post septoplasty treatment because the surgery is performed inside the nose through a closed procedure where the doctor reconstructs the bone to fix the deviation in the nasal septum.

Post-Septoplasty Operation Care

Septoplasty surgery could take 2-3 weeks to recover. In addition, you may notice swelling, bruise, or redness post-surgical procedure, which may subside with the medication prescribed by your ENT doctor, and you can resume your daily routine within 3-4 days. However, the complete recovery may take 1-2 months with significant results.

There are some tips to follow which may help you heal faster and have a smoother recovery duration:

  • Use extra pillows while sleeping to elevate your head.
  • Do not blow your nose, as it can put excessive pressure on the surgical region.
  • Try avoiding sneezing with your mouth closed.
  • Always clean the surgical site with a washcloth without putting any pressure to avoid infection.
  • Eat protein-rich food items to promote the healing process.
  • Avoid eating solid food as much as you can for at least a week post-surgery to eliminate the possibility of any risk and complication.
  • Try and enhance your meals with fiber-rich foods to avoid constipation.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.

Are there any non-surgical methods to fix a deviated nasal septum?

The non-surgical treatments mostly manage the symptoms but may not fix the actual condition of deviated septum. Therefore, medication can not straighten the shape of the nasal septum. However, a few of the options your doctor can prescribe to get relief from symptoms:

  • Antihistamines- This medicine is advised to prevent allergy symptoms and inflammation in the insides of the nostrils caused due to a deviated septum. The most common symptoms antihistamines help are a runny nose, sneezing, or itching in the nose.
  • Nasal steroid sprays- The doctor can prescribe nasal steroid spray to manage inflammation that occurs on the tissue lining in the insides of the nostrils because of dryness. It is advised not to take such nasal sprays from over the counter. Always consult the doctor while using nasal steroid sprays as the course may take 2-3 weeks.
  • Decongestants- The obstruction caused due to nasal septum deviation can be managed by using decongestants nasal sprays to minimize the swelling. Using decongestants can improve the nasal airflow while removing the congestion. However, overuse of decongestants can make the condition worse in due course and could increase dependency.

Are there any potential risks and complications involved in septoplasty surgery?

Like any other surgeries in septoplasty as well, there are fewer chances of potential risks which may occur post-surgery:

  • Bleeding- Because of the surgery, you may notice bleeding from the nose mixed with mucous. In a few cases, the nose may bleed for 2-3 days. However, the doctor always puts the nasal packing to absorb fluid that drains from the nose.
  • Infection- At times, because of the nasal fluid that flows post-surgery, the patient gets exposed to infections and may need to visit a doctor to show the surgical site.
  • Perforation in septum- In rare cases, the patient may suffer from a tear or hole in the nasal septum because of sutures made during the surgical procedure.
  • Reduced sense of smell- You may experience discomfort while breathing, which can also affect your sense of smell during recovery duration. This usually gets better in due course once the patient is completely recovered.
  • Blood clots- You may experience blood clots post-surgery. The doctor may advise draining them in the next visit after removing the nasal packing.
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