Septoplasty (Deviated Septum Surgery) for Sleep Apnea & Snoring
What is septoplasty?
Septoplasty surgery is an outpatient procedure that corrects a deviated (shifted) nasal cavity. A deviated septum means that the partition between the two nostrils that is made of cartilage and bone is crooked, causing a tightening of the cavity, or a complete blockage. A septoplasty straightens a patient’s septum and provides relief from impaired breathing as well as snoring and sleep apnea. The surgery is generally done in an outpatient surgery center under general anesthesia and is completed in less than one hour.
What does nasal septoplasty treat?
Nasal septoplasty procedure is performed in order to treat the following conditions:
- Deviated septum
- Sinus-related health problems
- Severe snoring
- Sleep apnea
How does septoplasty surgery work?
A septoplasty procedure begins with the doctor making a small incision inside a patient’s nostril in order to lift up the tissue covering the septum and view the bone and cartilage directly. The deviated portions of the bone and cartilage are either removed or reshaped to straighten the septum and the incision is then closed with stitches. In some cases, the doctor will place soft splints inside the nose to help the septum heal straight and minimize the chance of scar tissue forming.
What are the benefits of undergoing nasal septoplasty?
- Minimally invasive procedure
- Decreased snoring and sleep apnea symptoms
- Little or no discomfort during procedure
- No external bruising or swelling
- Nose is not broken
- No change in outward appearance of nose
- Relief from nasal airway obstruction
- Minimal pain, if any, during the recovery period
- Patients resume full activity within one week
If you are suffering from sinus-related health problems and believe you may benefit from nasal septoplasty, the first step is to consult with an ear, nose, and throat expert. Specialists at Sinus Center LA in Pacific Palisades have extensive experience in performing septoplasty surgery. Fill out this form to schedule an appointment or to learn more about Sinus Center LA’s treatment options.