The nasal septum is the structure that divides the nose into right and left sides. It is made up of both cartilage and bone. The nasal septum normally is straight and smooth. Sometimes, however, the septum may be curved and irregular, either as a result of abnormal growth or nasal trauma. When this curvature is severe, it may make it difficult to breathe through your nose. Your nose may also appear curved or crooked.
Nasal septoplasty surgery corrects this abnormal curve in the septum, helping you to breathe easier. In some cases, it may also help your nose appear more straight. The surgery is most often done through an incision placed just inside the nose. Through this small incision, the abnormally curved parts of the septum are removed. Septoplasty surgery is generally done as an outpatient, meaning you will go home the same day. Most people have mild to moderate discomfort following their procedure. Nasal congestion and some mild drainage after surgery are normal and generally resolve within a few days. When septoplasty surgery is done for difficulty breathing, it may be covered under your health insurance plan.
Dr. Gage has over 10 years of professional experience. He is committed to taking the time to understand your unique needs and formulating an individualized treatment plan to ensure a natural results. If you would like to discuss septoplasty surgery with Dr. Gage, please contact the office for a consultation at (314) 251-4530.