The bone and cartilage that divides the nose into two nostrils is called a septum. A deviated septum describes a septum that is off-center.
A deviated septum is a common problem. It is estimated that up to 80% of people have one.
Costs to correct a deviated septum vary. According to Costaide, the average cost to correct a deviated septum in the U.S. is $8,131. The cost for a septoplasty (the surgery that corrects a deviated septum) ranges from $5,152 to $12,633.
Factors that affect the cost of surgery to straighten a deviated septum include:
- How much your insurance will cover, if anything
- Most insurance companies will cover at least a portion of the surgery if it is determined to be medically necessary and if the surgeon and anesthesiologist are in-network
- The hospital where you get the procedure
- The state in which you get the procedure
- How complex the procedure is to perform
What Are Symptoms of a Deviated Septum?
A deviated septum may not cause any symptoms. When symptoms of a deviated septum occur, they may include:
What Causes a Deviated Septum?
Some people are born with a deviated septum, and in other people, a deviated septum may be caused by any injury or trauma to the nose.
How Is a Deviated Septum Diagnosed?
A deviated septum is diagnosed with a patient history and physical examination of the inside of the nose.
Tests used to diagnose a deviated septum include:
What Is the Treatment for a Deviated Septum?
A deviated septum does not always need treatment if it causes no problems. In patients who have a badly deviated septum, surgery called a septoplasty is used to straighten a crooked septum.
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