Despite the exotic sounding name, a deviated septum, is a common physical disorder of the nose, where the nasal septum (the bone and cartilage in the nose that separates the nasal cavity into the two nostrils) is displaced.
Your septum should be straight and divide the nose equally into two sides but when it is deviated, that means it curves to one side or the other. This displacement can cause breathing problems and lessen the amount of secretions that can drain, leading to an increased incidence of sinus infections.
A deviated septum can be caused by trauma, such as a broken nose from a blow to the face, compression of the nose during childbirth or it can be an inherited trait. Nasal surgery performed to improve breathing function secondary to an obstructed nasal airway. This procedure, whether performed alone or in conjunction with cosmetic surgery of the nose, is considered reconstructive.
If you're considering deviated septum surgery, this outline will give you a basic understanding of the procedure when it can help, how it's performed, and what results you can expect. It can't answer all of your questions, since a lot depends on the individual patient and the surgeon. Dr. Walker is more than happy to clarify any misunderstandings, please contact her office with any questions or concerns you may have.