When someone has a hard time breathing, it's easy to assume it's asthma, allergies, or a cold. For some people, it's a different problem they're facing. Some people have a deviated septum.
On a normal nose, the cartilage in between the nostrils sits in the center of the nostrils and keeps the airways open, making it easy for someone to breathe. When the septum becomes crooked, it becomes a deviated septum. It's normal for people to have crooked septums. What's not normal is when it hinders their health and ability to breathe. Not only does it block airways, but it can lead to a greater chance of infection.
There are two ways your septum can become crooked. You could either be born with a crooked septum, or you could get it from a serious injury. Usually from an accident or a broken nose. If, after an injury, you find your breathing noisier than normal, this could be a sign of a crooked septum.
It's easy to want to treat the symptoms with decongestants, but that's treating the symptom, not the problem. If you want to treat the whole problem, you can consider having a septoplasty. It's a common procedure to fix nasal problems caused by a crooked septum. This is a surgical procedure where a doctor will surgically correct the septum so it sits between the nostrils evenly. In extreme cases, the doctor might have to cut the cartilage so they can correct the septum placement.
The surgery, itself, takes up to 90 minutes, but it takes months to heal. Once the swelling from the surgery has gone down, patients have reported a higher quality of life. The surgery has a 90% success rate.
In some cases, the septum might remember its old position and move back, and a second septoplasty might need to happen, but that's uncommon. Most people that have done this procedure have found they have positive results, meaning they have a better quality of life.
If you find yourself prone to sinus infections, constantly having difficulty breathing, and have sleeping issues, you may need to consider getting a septoplasty. If it's affecting your quality of life, you want to discuss a septoplasty with your doctor. Only a doctor can determine if a patient needs a septoplasty. They will make sure you understand the risks of the surgery before they go ahead and schedule it for you.
People who have gone through this procedure have had a lot of benefits to a septoplasty. All of these have to lead to a better life than what they thought they could have before. There are lots of benefits to deviated septum surgery.
Benefits of Deviated Septum Surgery
Less nasal problems
The most common reason for someone to get a septoplasty is because of nasal problems. This could be anything from constantly not being able to breathe out of their nose or sinusitis. This meant the patients had fewer colds and fewer sinus infections to fight. Patients also experienced fewer nosebleeds and less facial pain, too.
By having the septum straightened out the air is going between both nostrils evenly, making it easier for the patient to breathe. Whatever limitations they experienced with their nasal problems weren't a problem anymore. If you've had respiratory problems your life, having a septoplasty could relieve some of your problems. There will be more airflow coming in through your nostrils, so your lungs will thank you for the surgery.
This is the biggest benefit of having a septoplasty. Being able to breathe in more air will boost your quality of life tremendously. You'll have fewer nosebleeds, less facial pain, and fewer headaches. The benefits of having better airflow coming in and out of your nostrils are endless!
With airflow being restricted in the past, it was hard for a patient to sleep if he or she had a deviated septum. They could breathe easier which meant they weren't snoring as much either.
If you've been dealing with a deviated septum, there's a chance you've also had a lot of issues with sleep apnea. One of the biggest signs of sleep apnea is snoring. Having a septoplasty can help get rid of the symptoms of sleep apnea. If it's successful, your sleep apnea and snoring could potentially disappear, promoting better sleep!
A good night's sleep can greatly affect your mood and your health. If you're having health problems that lead to a lack of sleep, a septoplasty will help you get the quality sleep you need to stay healthy. As a result, you could see your immune system improvements as well.
Imagine trying to eat when you have a cold. Can you taste anything? Usually, the cold keeps you from tasting anything because your nose is so plugged up. Taste and smell are so connected, your sense of taste is negatively affected if you can't smell anything.
When you have a deviated septum, smelling and tasting are difficult. One or both of them could be nonexistent. With a septoplasty, you will notice your senses boosted afterward. You'll be able to smell and taste much better after the surgery. You might be so happy with your new sense of smell you could turn into that guy at Wal Mart that starts smelling everything in the store because you can suddenly do it again!
Having your senses boosted can open you up to new opportunities with scents and food. Maybe something you didn't like to eat in the past will be your new favorite food!
If you're having nasal problems, trouble sleeping, are prone to sinus infections and having trouble with smell and taste, you could have a deviated septum. If you think you have any of those symptoms, go to a doctor. If your doctor agrees with you, you'll have the surgery. With all of the benefits coming from one septoplasty, this could be the answer to all of your problems.
Talk to your doctor today. This might be the solution you've been looking for.