When this occurs, it is called a “deviated nasal septum”. Because a deviated septum impacts the nasal passages, it can reduce airflow and make breathing difficult. Our top-rated providers can help treat a deviated septum, allowing you to breathe more comfortably.

Deviated Septum Treatments

Surgical intervention is the only way to repair a deviated septum. Septoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct and straighten the septum. This is achieved by repositioning and reshaping the underlying cartilage or bone. 

During a septoplasty, procedure incisions are created inside the nose or between the nostrils to allow the surgeon to correct the septum. Because of the incision placement, there is no visible scarring. 

What Is a Deviated Septum?

A deviated septum is when the septum (the wall separating the left and right nasal cavity) is not straight. Any deviation of the septum can cause narrowing of one or both sides of the nasal airways. This can make breathing more challenging, as it limits the airflow through the nasal cavity. Chronic congestion or nasal blockages can also occur because of a deviated septum. 

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Symptoms of Deviated Septum

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Nosebleeds
  • Nasal blockages
  • Nasal congestion
  • Difficulty sleeping 
  • Reduced sense of smell and taste

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About Texas ENT Specialists 

Texas ENT Specialists provides patients across Houston with proven expertise in a wide range of ear, nose, and throat conditions. Since 1997, we have been helping patients find long-term relief for the medical conditions that impact their daily life. We have 15 office locations across the Houston area to ensure we’re always able to easily provide you with care. We have set ourselves apart in ENT care by providing our patients:

Personalized Treatment

We work to understand your condition and personalize each treatment to meet your specific needs, taking into account everything that makes you uniquely you.

Top-Rated Physician Network

Each of our locations is staffed with a group of highly qualified providers who have years of experience diagnosing and treating ENT conditions.

Centers of Excellence

Our offices are held to the highest standard, both for the care we provide and the overall patient experience.

Continuity of Care

OOur provides work with patients to help them find long-lasting solutions, rather than just settling on short-term relief.

Causes of Deviated Septum

A deviated septum can affect any individual. For some, it may be present at birth or develop during childhood. For others, a deviated septum may occur due to an injury.

For adults and children, a wide range of accidents can lead to a nose injury, which in turn can sometimes lead to a deviated septum. A broken nose or trauma to the nose can often be the cause. Contact sports have also been shown to increase the risk of injury.

Deviated Nasal Septum FAQ

Can children be treated for a deviated septum?

Most physicians will not perform septoplasty on children until they have reached adolescence or are closer to their adult size. If it necessitates, a septoplasty may be able to be performed. This will be determined by the physicians at the time of consultation/assessment.

Is surgery the only treatment option available?

While medications can help relieve some symptoms of a deviated septum, finding long-lasting relief will require surgery. A deviated septum is a structural issue with the septum that can only be repaired through a surgical procedure.

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