Have you ever wondered if that persistent nasal congestion or difficulty breathing could be due to a deviated septum? While it might sound like a complex issue, the solution isn't always as complicated as you might think.
Located in New York City, board-certified otolaryngologist and expert surgeon Mathew W. Shawl, MD, is here to evaluate your nose and perform any of the necessary procedures to improve your alignment and overall quality of life.
In the meantime, we'll delve into the question of whether correcting a deviated septum requires surgery. Let’s explore the ins and outs of septal deviations, nonsurgical alternatives, and when surgery might be the best option.
Understanding the deviated septum
A deviated septum occurs when the thin wall (nasal septum) separating your nasal passages is displaced to one side, causing an imbalance in airflow. This common condition can be congenital or result from injury, and its severity can vary widely. Symptoms of a deviated septum include nasal congestion, breathing difficulties (especially through one nostril), recurrent sinus infections, and snoring and sleep disturbances.
While surgical intervention is an option, it's not always the first course of action. Many individuals with a deviated septum can find relief through nonsurgical methods that alleviate symptoms and improve breathing.
Nasal decongestants and sprays
While these are short-term solutions and shouldn't be used for extended periods, over-the-counter or prescription nasal sprays can reduce your swelling and congestion temporarily.
Especially helpful during sleep, these external adhesive strips or internal devices can help open your nasal passages, making breathing easier.
Addressing allergies can minimize inflammation and congestion, relieving symptoms caused by your deviated septum.
When surgery is considered
While nonsurgical options provide relief for many, there are instances where surgical correction is the most effective solution.
If nonsurgical methods fail to provide you with lasting relief and symptoms persist, surgery might be considered.
Quality of life
Surgery can significantly improve your breathing, alleviate snoring, and enhance sleep quality.
When nonsurgical methods are ineffective, Dr. Shawl provides two successful surgical options. In a septoplasty, an incision is made in your septum to remove excess bone or cartilage, improving airflow. Additionally, Dr. Shawl can perform a septorhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, simultaneously with a septoplasty, combining the procedures for enhanced results.
Correcting a deviated septum doesn't always require surgery. Nonsurgical approaches can provide effective relief, particularly for milder cases. However, if symptoms persist and impact your daily life, consulting Dr. Shawl is crucial. He’ll provide you with the best course of action, whether it's nonsurgical interventions or surgical correction.
If you’re ready to learn more about deviated septum relief contact the office of Matthew W. Shawl, MD, to book a consultation today and get the relief you deserve.