A 36-year-old member asked:
How does a deviated septum affect the sinus enough to justify surgery?
1 doctor answer • 4 doctors weighed in
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Good question: Rhino-sinusitis is a viral/bacterial or rarely a fungal infection of the paranasal sinuses caused by obstruction of the very narrow entrances to the sinus cavities from the nose. As such, a deviated septum would have to be so severe as to obstruct those openings. However, your surgeon may opt to correct such a deviated septum, if access to the sinuses is obstructed by the septum.
5.8k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Last updated Jun 20, 2012
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.