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Deviated Nasal Septum

Deviated SeptumDeviated Nasal Septum

The 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.

When 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.

Dr. 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.


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