The Nose For Success
In an era when so much information and “quick-fix” comfort medications are available to tend to health-related respiratory issues ranging from sleep apnea to chronic nasal congestion and recurrent sinus infections, there is a tendency to focus on symptoms rather than root causes. But treating symptoms is not always the best answer. If you are experiencing chronic headaches, snoring, facial pressure and pain, congestion due to nasal obstructions, or difficulty breathing, you may be dealing with a serious, time-sensitive health issue that requires immediate treatment.
In many cases, these symptoms highlight a condition known as a “deviated septum.” A deviated septum is a condition in which the dividing wall between the nostrils is displaced to one side. This can occur due to genetics, injury, or other factors. A deviated septum is a condition in which the nasal septum . . . the bone and cartilage that divide the nasal cavity into two sides . . . is displaced to one side. This can cause difficulty breathing and other problems. Deviated septums are a common problem, affecting an estimated 80% of people. Many people with this condition don’t even realize they have it. A deviated septum is usually diagnosed during a physical exam by a doctor or other healthcare provider. The doctor will look inside your nose with a small, lighted tool called a nasal speculum. If the septum appears significantly deviated, you may be referred to an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist for further evaluation. Left untreated, a deviated septum can trigger multiple health issues, and the only solution to a deviated septum is surgery.
The good news is that WellBridge Surgical provides timely, cost-effective, life-changing medical treatment to correct a deviated septum. The surgery, which is referred to as a septoplasty, involves realigning the septum so that it is centered in the nose. This procedure is typically done under general anesthesia, depending on the extent of the deviation. Sometimes, the surgeon may also need to remove any obstructions, such as nasal polyps. Septoplasty is usually done as an outpatient procedure, which means you won’t have to stay in the hospital overnight. The surgery typically takes less than an hour to complete. Recovery time varies from person to person, but most people can return to their normal activities within a week or two. During this recovery time, the patient may experience some discomfort and soreness. However, most people report improved breathing and reduced symptoms shortly after surgery.
If you have a deviated septum, it’s important to see your doctor for a proper diagnosis. Left untreated, this condition can lead to serious complications. WellBridge Surgical can help you deal with your deviated septum quickly, cost-effectively, and in a way that lets you get back to being your “best self” as quickly as possible.
The healthcare industry can be intimidating, cloaked in ambiguity with respect to both pricing and treatment options. Under circumstances where treatment matters, WellBridge Surgical delivers high-quality surgical services directly to patients with cost certainty, providing the peace of mind to proactively deal with preventative and corrective healthcare issues. WellBridge has set the new standard for consumer-friendly healthcare in the Indianapolis area, supported by fixed, up-front pricing and an unparalleled level of patient understanding with respect to the most effective curative options. One of the many ways that WellBridge is leading the field in patient advocacy and service