What are complications of surgery for deviated septum?

Risks of septoplasty. With any procedure there is the risk of bleeding or infection. With septal surgery, risks include septal perforation, saddle nose deformity, CSF leak and even the need for revision surgery. Be sure to have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist.
Multiple. Most common is under correction of the original problem. Most serious is perforation of the septum with a non healing transseptal fistula. Septoplasty is highly specialized surgery, and should be undertaken by a specialist with experience.
The usual + others. All operations are potentially complicated by bleeding, infection, anesthetic problems and death. Septal surgery is rarely complicated like this, but has other possible complications including loss of the normal nasal profile, perforation of the septum. Because these operations are generally done for nasal obstruction, if there are other causes for the obstruction, incomplete correction may occur.

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Could you explain what slight thickening in ethmoid sinuses is is it serious should I have my ENT dr look at it I had surgery for deviated septum?

Check with ENT. The thickening in the ethmoids is likely not serious but indicates inflammation if the lining of the ethmoid sinus (the sinuses between your eyes). This may present with symptoms of congestion and facial pressure or headache. Better off seeing your ENT to further evaluate and treat symptoms you may have.

What to do if I have surgery for a deviated septum?

Do you have packing? You need to be on antibiotic if there is packing in your nose/ also need to take it lightly, stay propped up. Afrin if bleeding twice daily for 2-3 days. Change dripping pad as needed. Watch for complications that were mentioned to you by your doctor, if any, then call him/her excess bleeding-- ED.
Septoplasty. Follow your surgeon's postop instructions to optimize your results.

Is surgery on your deviated septum always effective?

Properly diagnosed. It is usually effective if recommend for the correct reasons. The surgery also needs to be executed properly.
Not necessarily. The results from surgery depend on proper diagnosis of your problem, good surgical skills, and proper healing. These three things are not completely under the control of you or your surgeon. Selecting a surgeon with a excellent reputation would be a good start. Ask other physicians who they would have treat them, slick web sites or ads are not the best way to select your surgeon.
Septal deviation. Surgery is the only treatment. Have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist, Most patients experience improvement in their breathing.

Will having surgery on a deviated septum reduce colds?

Probably not. This is not likely to reduce frequency of colds but may help to improve obstructive symptoms.
Septoplasty. Not necessarily. A cold comes from a viral infection. The septoplasty will improve your breathing. Be sure to have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist.

What can I expect when having surgery for a deviated septum?

Postop Septoplasty. After surgery for deviated septum, expect some moderate soreness and discomfort in the nose with some blood tinged mucous drainage. You may have packing in place blocking your nasal breathing, or you may not and still have blockage due to swelling. Either way, most of my patients are more irritated with the nasal blockage than pain. After a week, things start to improve over the next month.
Deviated septum. A deviated septum is a common issue. It can be corrected through septoplasty and brought back to the midline by techniques to remove deviated cartilage. If there are symptoms like nasal obstruction, snoring or recurrent sinusitis, have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist.

Is there anything that can help with a deviated septum besides surgery?

Decongestants maybe. If you have a structural impairment to air flow with a deviated septum you will need to fix the structural problem. If you have a lot of allergies or inflammation of the septal lining you might get some improvement with breathing by reduction the thickness of the lining. The surgeon will need to look in your nose and see what is causing most of the problem.
DEVIATED SEPTUM. You may try very short term inhaled decongestant followed by oral decongestants if there is no medical contraindication for it, and long term inhaled and some time oral steroids are worth a try before you consider surgery. Some times even surgery does not help with the symptoms.
Septal deviation. The only treatment is surgery. Have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist,

Is it true that if you have a deviated septum do you need to get surgery?

Maybe. A minimally deviated septum will probably cause no problems. A badly deviated septum can cause difficulty breathing through the nose, and may lead to snoring and sleep problems.
Maybe. Only if you are having trouble breathing and it is caused by the deviated septum and not another cause.
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. B sure to have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist.

I have a deviated septum and cannot afford a surgery. How else can I cure it?

Medication. Try combination medical treatment with antihistamine, and nasal steroid use nasal strips as well and if all these and no benefit --surgery.
Septal deviation. Surgery is the only treatment. Have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist,