nasal septum is comprised of bone and cartilage and divides the
nose into two sides. Occasionally the septum is crooked or deviated
and occludes the breathing passages. This may occur naturally
or from trauma to the nose. Many individuals have mild deviation
and are without symptoms. These individuals may develop symptoms
when swelling occurs in the nose, either from infection or allergies.
a severe deflection is present, difficulty breathing through the
nose may occur at all times. Surgery to correct the deviation
may be beneficial. Surgery is performed on an outpatient basis
and takes approximately one hour.
Lee and Dr. Jordan choose not to place packing or splints in the
nose post-operatively, which significantly decreases post-operative
discomfort. Recovery time is typically one week. All surgery is
performed inside the nose and no external scar will result. Marked
improvement in nasal breathing will usually be evident within
weeks of surgery.