A member asked:

My septum was deviated in an accident. i don't have any symptoms right now. can such symptoms arise over time? is surgery a good idea?

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Evaluation: You can live without surgical correction of your deviated septum if it does not cause difficulty breathing, obstructive sleep apnea and other problems, which can be corrected by surgery. Talk to your ENT to find right solution for you.

Answered 11/3/2020

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Dr. Jason Bloom answered

Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery

Septoplasty: A deviated septum does not necessarily need to be fixed if you do not have any symptoms, however, symptoms and nasal airway obstruction can occur for multiple reasons down the road. Anything from swelling in the nasal lining (mucosa) due to allergies or infection to future nasal trauma and sleep apnea can create symptoms with a septal deviation. I don't advise surgery until there are problems.

Answered 12/18/2012

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