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Old 05-20-2006, 09:20 AM   #1
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Is surgery necessary for deviated septum?

My husband's been to a specialist because he has a huge sore in his nose that won't heal. He gets massive nose bleeds daily, and it's really scary sometimes. The doctor told him this week that he's going to do a biopsy on the "ulcer" in his nose and told him he'd be reccommending surgery for his deviated septum. The explanation the doctor gave for the necessity of surgery is that the deviation is so severe, it interferes with ear function. My husband does say that his ear won't "pop" lately and that it's weird and uncomfortable. My main wonder is if the ulcer could be causing any of these additional symptoms. My husband says he's known for a long time that he has a deviated septum and isn't bothered at the thought of surgery. While I believe he'll be fine, I just hate the idea of jumping into surgery if not necessary. So, I guess my question is: has anyone else had surgery for a deviation, and if so, are you glad you did it? Did it really make a difference for you? Thanks a lot!
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Old 05-20-2006, 04:43 PM   #2
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Re: Is surgery necessary for deviated septum?

I searched *****.com and found this.
"The nasal septum is the structure between the nostrils that separates the nasal passages. It supports the nose and directs airflow. The septum is made up of thin bone in the back and cartilage in the front. A deviated septum occurs when the cartilage or bone is not straight. A crooked septum can make breathing difficult. The condition also can lead to snoring and sleep apnea.
The septum can be deviated at birth (congenital) or because of injury, such as a broken nose. It also may bend to one side or the other as a result of aging. In most people, the septum is crooked to some degree. Septoplasty generally is necessary only when breathing problems or snoring do not get better without surgery.
Surgery to straighten the septum is called septoplasty, submucous resection of the septum, or septal reconstruction. The surgery may be done along with other procedures to treat chronic sinusitis, inflammation, bleeding, or to correct sleep apnea. Septoplasty also may be done to allow access into the nose to remove nasal polyps. For more information on surgery to treat chronic sinusitis, see the topic Sinusitis.
Surgery to straighten the septum is called septoplasty, submucous resection of the septum, or septal reconstruction. The surgery may be done along with other procedures to treat chronic sinusitis, inflammation, bleeding, or to correct sleep apnea. Septoplasty also may be done to allow access into the nose to remove nasal polyps. For more information on surgery to treat chronic sinusitis."
Hereís the link for ask.com with more info on deviated septum.
[url]http://www.ask.com/web?q=deviated+septum&qsrc=0&o=312[/url]
I had to have surgery to six my deviated septum. It was definitely worth it. I hope this helps.
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