Deviated Septum

Having a deviated septum can make life truly uncomfortable.

Having a deviated septum can make life truly uncomfortable. Nose bleeds, trouble breathing, and facial pain are frequent problems faced by those struggling with this issue. Living with a deviated septum impedes certain exercises and often ruins sleep. The loud snoring caused by having a deviated septum disrupts the R.E.M. sleep cycle and leads to restlessness. This can develop into low mood and chronic fatigue in some cases. The unfortunate news about having a deviated septum is that surgery is the only way to correct it. Luckily, Travis Shaw, MD, is happy to provide the residents of Richmond with his expert surgical services. Voted “Best Cosmetic Surgeon” in Richmond, VA for 4 years running, Dr. Shaw has the experience needed to correct this issue quickly and precisely.

Woman pushing on her own nose

Trouble Breathing?

A deviated septum occurs at birth, or following an injury to the nose. The condition is characterized by having one nasal passage that is much smaller than the other. Some septum deviation is generally common amongst most people, but few are aware of it. In some cases, many don’t know that they have a deviated septum until they begin experiencing its symptoms. Sudden pain in the sinuses and breathing difficulty should both be taken as warning enough to consult a medical professional.

Woman with a deviated septum

Deviated Septum Surgery

Septoplasty is a standard surgical procedure used to correct a deviated septum. The procedure involves straightening the septum, allowing for better airflow through your nose. A typical session lasts anywhere between 30 to 90 minutes depending on the complexity of your particular issue. Either local or general anesthetic will be used during the surgery to minimize any pain. Dr. Shaw will begin the procedure by making an incision on one side of your nose to access the septum. He will then lift the mucous membrane of the nose and move the septum into the right position. Extra pieces of bone and cartilage will be removed and the procedure will conclude with a repositioning of the mucous membrane.

Surgical Treatment Results

You may experience some bleeding during your deviated septum treatment. Though some pain, swelling, and bleeding may occur after treatment, you will be able to go home following the surgery. Pain medication may be prescribed, but we advise that you avoid taking aspirin or other medications that may result in more bleeding. You should limit your physical activity for several weeks after surgery. After healing, you can expect a dramatic improvement in your breathing.


Deviated Septum Solutions in Richmond, Virginia

Travis Shaw, MD is a skilled medical professional dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the Richmond community. Make an appointment today by calling/texting (804) 775-4559 or submitting your information via the form below. Visit us today to experience better breathing and a more comfortable lifestyle.


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