A deviated septum can be a factor in developing sleep apnea. The septum is the area between the nostrils that separate the nasal passages. Any blockage can cause disruption of your breathing.
What causes a deviated septum?
You could be born with a deviated septum or you could have one as a result of an injury to the nose. Old age can also be a factor causing the septum to be crooked.
What is done to treat a deviated septum?
The surgery is usually done as an outpatient basis. The entire procedure takes between 60 and 90 minutes. Working through the nose, the surgeon bends the cartilage to eliminate the blockage.
After the surgery there may be packing inside the nose, it will stay there for up to 3 days allowing the nose to heal.
Unfortunately just having the surgery doesn’t correct sleep apnea for those who have severe OSA.
One ENT that I saw suggested that I have the surgery. He told me that although it wouldn’t cure my sleep apnea it would certainly help. I declined and I’m glad I did. Because I went to another ENT and he said that I didn’t need the surgery at all. So it is always good to have a second opinion.
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