Caudal Septal Deviation: What it is and How to Treat It
What is the Caudal Septum?
The nasal septum is cartilage that divides the right and left nasal cavity. In a perfect world, that cartilage is perfectly straight from the bridge of the nose to the nostrils. However, most people have a bit of curve or crookedness to the septum. The degree of curvature will determine how much impact the irregular septum will have on the look and function of your nose.
The caudal septum is the lower area of the septum closest to the nostrils. When this area is crooked, it can give the appearance of asymmetry between the nostrils. It can also affect the look of the nose tip. Correction of the caudal septum will depend on how much curvature there is and whether it affects the entire septum or just the lower portion.
Do You Have a Caudal Septal Deviation?
You may not realise you have a caudal septal deviation when you first come to see Dr Roth. All you might know for sure is you are not breathing as freely as you like. Perhaps your partner complains about your snoring at night. In some case, you are not happy with the appearance of your nose – maybe it looks crooked or asymmetrical somehow.
Dr Roth can diagnose a caudal septal deviation through a number of methods. In some cases, the deviation may be fairly obvious by simply looking at the underside of the nose. A nasal endoscopy may also be performed, which uses a narrow telescope to see further into the nasal cavity. If the deviation is significant, a CT scan may also be recommended.
Septoplasty is a surgical procedure used by Dr Roth to correct a caudal septum deviation. The surgery can be tailored to your specific needs. During the procedure, Dr Roth will straighten the septum or replace it completely with cartilage grafts if the irregularities are too great to simply repair. Surgery is usually done with incisions inside the nose that will not be seen after the procedure. In a few cases, Dr Roth may need to make external incisions, but they are usually too small to be very detectable.
Septoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis, which means you can go home the same day as your procedure. Soft splints may be left in the nose for up to seven days to ensure proper healing of the area. Most patients can return to work and regular activities within 7-10 days.
Caudal septal deviation is a problem that can impact your appearance and quality of life, but the good news is correction is available. To learn more contact Dr Roth’s office at 02 9982 3439 to schedule your personal consultation.