An article published in Nose Breathing vs. Mouth Breathing - Which is Better? is an eye-opener. It provides yet another option for treating deviated septum.
Nasal blockages caused by septal deviation now can be treated effectively with a new laser procedure, according to a new research study. What is most redeeming is that this new quick-fix outpatient procedure does not take more than 6 to 8 minutes and can be performed with only local anesthesia. The research results have been published in the July-September issue of the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery.
While the existing procedures involve scraping the cartilage within the nasal cavity and reshaping it manually, the new laser technique utilizes the laser heat to soften the cartilage abnormalities within the cavity which can then be flattened or re-shaped by the attending surgeon.
Conducted at the Moscow State University, the trial involved 11 people between 11 and 66 and the results were followed up for an average of one and a half years, and it was found that 76% of subjects had reduction in symptoms and in 24% of people the nasal abnormalities were rectified.