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WHAT IS IT: The nasal septum is a wall of bone and cartilage that separates the right and left nostrils, supports the nose and directs airflow. When the cartilage and bone is not straight, it is known as a deviated nasal septum and can make breathing difficult. This condition commonly results in snoring and sleep apnea. Surgery to correct a deviated septum is called a septoplasty and may be performed when breathing problems or snoring do not improve without a surgical procedure. A deviated septum can also cause nasal congestion, recurrent sinus infections, nosebleeds and headaches.
WHAT CAUSES IT: A deviated septum can be present at birth occurring during fetal development. In addition, injury or direct trauma to the nose may cause the nasal septum to move out of place. In both children and adults, a wide array of accidents may lead to nose injury and possible deviation of the septum. Oftentimes, the normal aging process may worsen a deviated septum over time.
WHAT IS IT: The Pillar Implant Procedure is a treatment option to help those suffering from snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. The pillar procedure involves surgically placing small polyester rods into the soft palate in order to stiffen soft palate tissue and decrease vibration and obstruction to the airway.
WHAT CAUSES IT: The soft palate is believed to be a significant contributor to those who struggle with snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Airflow through passages in the back of the mouth and throat can cause instability in soft palate tissue causing vibration and blockage to the airway in both snoring and OSA cases.
WHAT IS IT: Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, also known as FESS, is a minimally invasive surgical treatment option used to restore sinus ventilation and normal function. Utilizing very small instruments guided by a fiber optic camera, abnormal structures and tissue are removed with no external incisions and scaring. The purpose of the procedure is to restore proper drainage and ventilation to the nasal cavity.
WHAT CAUSES IT: A variety of situations may warrant a functional endoscopic sinus surgery. Bacterial, fungal, recurrent, and chronic sinus problems may effectively block proper nasal drainage pathways requiring FESS treatment in order to return normal function to the nasal cavity.