When performing surgery to treat a deviated septum, known as a septoplasty, Dr. Babajanian uses modern, minimally invasive techniques to help patients have a speedy recovery. Patients often are put under general anesthesia for the procedure, but this can vary depending on individual needs. During surgery, which usually lasts less than two hours, Dr. Babajanian will cut out any bone or cartilage in the wall of your nose, removing the blockage that causes your issues.
Occasionally, a rhinoplasty, which requires modifying your bone and cartilage in your nose, also has to be done at the same time as -- or right after -- a septoplasty. Either way, Dr. Babajanian and his caring team will perform the right procedure to solve your deviated septum concerns.
Often, people are born with a deviated septum. In these cases, it is likely that you have some symptoms -- like snoring or nosebleeds -- from childhood. Other times, trauma can cause a deviated septum. It can stem from a broken nose, or a facial trauma, for example. So if you’re involved in a sport, such as martial arts, or football, where it’s possible that a hit to the nose could occur, do your best to wear protective gear for prevention. It is also important to take proper safety measures when doing daily activities like driving. Wear your seatbelt so, if an accident does happen, you are restrained and less likely to have blunt force trauma.
Snoring and heavy breathing while sleeping are symptoms of a deviated septum. But even without these nighttime disturbances, you might exhibit some other issues that could also be signs of a deviated septum. These include:
If you feel you may suffer from a deviated septum, contact Dr. Babajanian to discuss the options for treatment, which may include a surgery.
Sometimes. Dr. Babajanian will try non-surgical options to help manage a deviated septum. He will first conduct a thorough examination and determine if the patient is a good candidate for this course of treatment. Some patients may respond well to decongestants, antihistamines, or nasal steroid sprays. Because it is not always feasible for a patient to be on medications for the rest of their life, Dr. Babajanian might suggest a more permanent surgical solution for your deviated septum.
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