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A 47-year-old member asked:

Need doctor's help! what can you tell me about a deviated septum?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Alexander
Plastic Surgery 28 years experience
Reduced nasal airway: Dividing nasal passages is vertical strut (septum). When out of midline often limits good airflow and interferes with ability to breath easily through nose. May be congenital or acquired (like in broken nose episode). Insider nose are other structures (turbinates) which, combined with septal deviation cause severe symptoms and nasal bleeding when blowing nose. Can be improved by surgery.
Dr. Suzanne Galli
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 25 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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A 44-year-old member asked:

How would a doctor know if I need surgery for my deviated septum?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 45 years experience
By examination: Usually a good examination is all that is needed. Because nasal obstruction can be caused by many factors, it is important to determine whether the septal deviation is the only cause of the patient's symptoms. If not, septal surgery alone may not correct the problem. You should see an ENT doctor or plastic surgeon with experience in treating these disorders.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Doctor said I had deviated septum but I don't know if that was just for insurance company, how do I tell?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Hoffmann
Plastic Surgery 39 years experience
Ask your doctor: A deviated septum is a common cause of nasal blockage and congestion. It simply means that the bone and cartilage inside your nose are crooked and blocking the breathing space. It normally only needs repair if you are having problems breathing through your nose or if it is causing sinus problems. If you have doubts get a second opinion.
Last updated May 8, 2016


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