The septum is a thin strip of bone and cartilage that divides the nasal passage into two cavities. When it is displaced to one side, either from birth or due to an injury, this is called a deviated septum. Having a slightly deviated septum is common and doesn’t cause health problems for most people. A more severe deviation may obstruct airflow, impede breathing through the nose, cause snoring, and block the sinuses from draining.
NYU Langone otolaryngologists—also known as ear, nose, and throat, or ENT, doctors—and plastic surgeons can determine the exact degree of septum displacement and if any other factors contribute to an obstructed nasal passage. Our specialists create an individualized care plan designed to address any problems related to a deviated septum, ensuring that treatment helps you breathe more easily.
If medical treatment fails to relieve symptoms related to a deviated septum, surgery can correct the deviation. NYU Langone otolaryngologists and plastic and reconstructive surgeons offer a variety of minimally invasive outpatient procedures to reposition the septum and address other causes of nasal obstruction.
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