Deviated Septum Specialist

Paul Schalch Lepe, MD, FACS -  - Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist

Silenso Clinic

Paul Schalch Lepe, MD, FACS

Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist & Sleep Medicine Specialist located in San Diego, CA

If you have a mildly deviated septum, you might not even realize it. Severely deviated septums can cause breathing problems and other difficulties that are treatable with minimally invasive surgery at Silenso Clinic in San Diego, California. Ear, nose, and throat specialist Paul Schalch Lepe, MD, FACS, provides corrective procedures in the outpatient surgery center so you can go home the same day. For more information about deviated septums and available treatments, call Silenso Clinic, or book an appointment online today.

Deviated Septum Q&A

What is a deviated septum?

Within your nose is a strip of cartilage separating your nostrils. This is called a septum, and in most cases, it divides your two nostrils evenly. If your septum is offset and one nostril is significantly bigger than the other, you have a deviated septum. 

Deviated septums are very common and usually don’t require treatment. However, if your deviated septum causes breathing difficulties or other complications, you should consider booking an appointment at Silenso Clinic for treatment. 

How did I get a deviated septum?

In many cases, a deviated septum is present from birth. If you were born with your deviated septum, you might be better adjusted to it than someone who developed it later in life. However, it can get worse as you age.

If you weren’t born with a deviated septum but have one now, it might be from an accident or impact of some sort. You might get a deviated septum from a car accident, contact sports, or a physical fight.

What are the possible complications of a deviated septum?

Mildly deviated septums are unlikely to cause any symptoms or complications, and you can live life normally. More severely deviated septums may or may not cause complications. You should contact Silenso Clinic if you experience:

  • Frequent sinus infections
  • Frequent nosebleeds
  • Breathing through only one nostril
  • General difficulty breathing
  • Loud snoring
  • Facial pain or headaches

Your provider at Silenso Clinic asks about your symptoms and can help you discover the cause of your deviated septum if you don’t already know. They help you explore treatment options that improve your breathing.

What are my treatment options for a deviated septum?

Silenso Clinic offers minimally invasive surgery and in-office procedures for deviated septums causing difficult symptoms and complications. Most procedures are available in the outpatient surgery center and require little or no downtime for recovery. 

One minimally invasive option for deviated septum surgery is called endoscopic septoplasty. During endoscopic septoplasty, your surgeon uses a lighted camera and slender tools to adjust your septum’s position. This minimally invasive option results in less blood loss, swelling, pain, and recovery time than a traditional septoplasty.

Before getting surgery to adjust your septum, you need a fully developed nose. For this reason, a septoplasty recommendation typically occurs for patients age 15 and older. Septoplasty surgery can improve your continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) when you breathe at night. 

If you’d like to explore available in-office procedures to correct your deviated septum, call Silenso Clinic, or book an appointment online today.

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