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can you tell me things to keep in mind about deviated septum?

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Dr. Mark Burke
Plastic Surgery 19 years experience
Deviated septum: Refers to the cartillage that seperates the nasal passages becoming crooked and pushed to one side, often from trauma. This can hamper breathing thru the nose. Treatment is typically septoplasty which invilves the removal of all but an "l" shaped strut of septum for support. Often done in conjunction with spreader grafts to open airway or other rhinoplasty procedures to shape nose/turbinates.
Dr. Suzanne Galli
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 24 years experience
Deviated septum: A deviated septum is not an uncommon problem. It can lead to nasal obstruction, snoring and even sinus issues. You only need surgery if you are having symptoms.If there are symptoms like nasal obstruction, snoring or recurrent sinusitis, have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist.

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