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Deviated Nasal Septum Surgery


A deviated nasal septum occurs when the thin wall (nasal septum) between your nostrils is displaced to one side. In many people, the nasal septum is off-center — or deviated — making one nasal passage smaller than the other. Deviations of the nasal septum can lead to nasal obstruction, difficulty breathing, recurrent sinus infections, nosebleeds, sleep problems, and headaches.

Risk Factors

  • Birth conditions: Some people are born with a deviated septum due to positioning in the womb or injuries during childbirth.
  • Injury to the nose: Trauma such as a blow to the face can cause the nasal septum to deviate.
  • Aging: As we age, the structures and cartilage of the nose may shift, leading to a deviated septum.
  • Previous surgery or medical procedures: Nasal surgery or invasive procedures in the nasal area can result in a deviated septum.


While you cannot prevent a congenital deviated septum, you can take measures to prevent nose injuries leading to a deviated septum:
1. Wear a helmet when participating in activities that could cause a nose injury: This includes sports like hockey, football, and baseball.
2. Use seat belts and air bags in cars.
3. Avoid physical fights.

Myths, Misconceptions, and Facts

Myth: A deviated septum always causes symptoms.

Fact: Many people have a deviated septum but never experience any symptoms.

Myth: A deviated septum always requires surgery.

Fact: Surgery is only recommended if the deviated septum is causing troublesome symptoms.

Myth: Surgery for a deviated septum changes the shape of the nose.

Fact: Septoplasty, the surgery for a deviated septum, usually does not change the external appearance of the nose.

Myth: Surgery for a deviated septum is extremely painful.

Fact: Most people experience only minor discomfort following septoplasty.

Myth: Recovery from deviated septum surgery is long.

Fact: Most people recover within a few weeks and can return to normal activities.

Diagnosis involves a physical examination, medical history, and in some cases, imaging tests.
Minor symptoms can be treated with medications, while severe cases might require surgery.
Most people can return to work or school in a few days and resume their normal activities in a few weeks.
Most people can return to work or school in a few days and resume their normal activities in a few weeks.
While all surgery carries some risk, septoplasty is generally a safe procedure.
While rare, it’s possible for the septum to gradually move back to its previous position.


A deviated nasal septum, where the septum dividing the nostrils is off-center, can cause problems like breathing difficulties and recurrent sinus infections. This condition can be present from birth or occur due to injury or aging. Prevention focuses on protecting the nose from injury. While a deviated septum can cause problems, it doesn’t always cause symptoms or require treatment. Misconceptions about this condition often concern the need for, and effects of, surgery. If you think you have a deviated septum, it’s important to speak to a healthcare provider
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