Thursday, August 30, 2012

What causes a deviated septum?

Nose surgery may include septoplasty for a deviated septum. The septum is the wall that separates the two sides of the nose and is composed of cartilage in front and thin bone in the back. A deviated septum can occur due to numerous reasons. The septum can become deviated during birth as the baby passes through the birth canal, from trauma to the nose, or from normal pubescent growth.

Septoplasty is a procedure that addresses the deviated septum by removing the deviated portions of cartilage and bone and assuring the cartilage in front sits in the center between the two nostrils.
Sometimes this cartilage requires a small piece of bone from the back of the nose to brace the cartilage in the front and keep it straight. Other times, a PDS plate may be needed to brace this cartilage. A severely deviated septum, especially of the cartilage in front, may require a rhinoplasty approach for best results.

Dr. Funk is double board certified in ENT surgery and Facial Plastic surgery and is a rhinoplasty and septoplasty expert in Houston, TX.