Do you experience recurring nosebleeds? Or how about nasal congestion that includes difficulty breathing (usually worse on one side), or recurring sinus infections? If you or someone you know have experienced any of these symptoms, then there is a possibility it could be due to a deviated septum.
At Northeast Atlanta Ear Nose & Throat, we have two convenient locations in the Atlanta area (Lawrenceville & Johns Creek, GA) where we perform deviated septum surgeries for patients if surgery is the best treatment for their case.
I can’t possibly have a deviated septum, can I?
Many people think a deviated septum only occurs after some form of a major trauma (such as a car accident). However, this is not always the case. In fact, not everyone with a deviated septum experiences the above symptoms. Surgery to fix a deviated septum (known as a septoplasty) is typically not performed unless the condition worsens over time and surgical correction is the most viable alternative.
How does a deviated septum occur?
A deviated septum occurs when the nasal septum dividing the nostrils evenly shifts away from the center, thus causing one side of the nasal cavity to become obstructed. Difficulty breathing through the nose is one of the most common reasons people seek treatment for a deviated septum, and oftentimes the deviation from the center will cause drainage issues that result in recurring sinus infections.
If you are experiencing difficulty breathing through one or both nostrils, and experience chronic sinus infections, then making an appointment with one of our ENT offices in the Atlanta area would be a great first step to get on the road to recovery and to experience clear breathing. Even if you are not suffering from a deviated septum, we can help diagnose what is causing your sinus problems.
What to expect at your appointment
If you decide to contact us and schedule an appointment, we want you to be prepared for your visit with us! Here are a few things that one of our doctors will go over with you during your evaluation:
- Discussion of symptoms
- Questions regarding any past trauma you may have experienced in the nasal region
- An examination of the nasal septum, including positioning of the septum and thorough examination of both nostrils.
Are there any non-surgical treatments for a deviated septum?
Certain medication may be prescribed to try and clear up your symptoms, but these are often just a temporary fix. A septoplasty is the preferred surgery for a deviated septum, as it is a minimally-invasive, outpatient procedure that typically can be completed in just 1-2 hours. The procedure is performed entirely through the nostrils, leaving minimal signs of surgery.
Depending on the severity of your case and the exact cause of your symptoms, a septoplasty may be combined with other surgeries (each case is different, and thus an appointment is needed to determine exact treatment).
What should I do now?
Whether you have a deviated septum or another condition causing your symptoms, it is important to seek medical treatment, as these issues typically do not resolve themselves.
If you do not have a deviated septum, but are experiencing many of the issues associated with it, then our doctors will work with you to get to the root of your problem, and provide appropriate treatment so you can get relief from your symptoms.
We want to help you, so give one of our offices a call today. We look forward to seeing you, treating you, and helping you get your life back. Contact us today!