What is a Deviated Nasal Septum?

The septum is the midline structure — made of bone and cartilage — that separates the right and left sides of the nasal cavity. Most people do not have a completely straight septum, but in some, the septum is much more crooked than others. A high degree of deviation can cause an obstruction on one or both sides of the nose. 

Common Problems Deviated Septum Causes

  • Obstruction of one side of the nose
  • Headaches
  • Pain in the face
  • Excessively loud breathing or snoring
  • Nosebleeds
  • Nasal drip
  • Congestion
  • Decrease in airflow
  • Chronic sinus infections

What to Expect in Your Consultation

In your initial consultation with Dr. Reitzen, she will perform a physical exam of your nose to assess the state of your septum. She will discuss the medical history of your nose, including any trauma, and she will ask about your symptoms and your goals for treatment. Once she has all of this information, she will go through your options, and together you will develop your treatment plan. 


What is the “deviated septum test”?

Is deviated septum surgery covered by health insurance?

What is the “deviated septum test”?

If you’re unsure if you have a deviated septum or not, there’s a small test you can do at home. Block one side of your nose by pressing against it with your finger. If you’re unable to breathe clearly through the other side and this is how it always is, you could have a deviated septum on the side on which you can’t breathe. Although this may be a good indicator, to get an accurate answer, you should make an appointment with an ENT doctor such as Dr. Reitzen.

Is deviated septum surgery covered by health insurance?

Health insurance often covers part or all of deviated septum surgery if your breathing is impaired. We encourage you to contact your health insurance provider to check and see if this type of procedure is covered.

Why Dr. Reitzen is Your Choice for Deviated Septum Treatment

We believe that patients should be able to breathe without issue. Dr. Shari Reitzen understands how you feel, and she wants to work together with you to find a solution. She provides individualized care and results that are both beautiful and natural, with a focus on restoring optimal function. Her goal is to help you look and feel better, to regain function, and breathe more easily. As a double board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon with an extensive ENT background, Dr. Reitzen will help restore your breathing and thereby improve your quality of life.

“Really impressed. Was seen quickly and Dr. Reitzen was knowledgeable and found the problem quickly.” 

Robert A.

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