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Deviated Septum Care and Treatment

Why Choose Deviated Septum Treatment at University of Colorado Hospital?

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University of Colorado Hospital's otolaryngology clinic provides the most up-to-date, sophisticated, and comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and management of nasal and sinus disorders available in the Rocky Mountain region.

When you choose UCH, you choose a medical team that brings both experience and expertise to nasal and sinus disorders.

What is a Deviated Septum?

A deviated septum occurs when the wall (septum) of skeleton and mucous separating the nasal cavities is severely offline, meaning that it divides the cavities into parts of notably unequal size.

A badly deviated septum makes breathing difficult and can lead to poor mucous drainage, which can lead to sinus infections and sinusitis (inflammation of the sinus cavities).

Other effects of a deviated septum include:

  • Nasal congestion, sometimes on one side
  • Frequent nosebleeds
  • Facial pain and headaches
  • Noisy breathing during sleep, especially in infants and children

Tests and Treatments

Tests for Deviated Septum

Your doctor will diagnose a deviated septum after taking a complete medical history and physical examination. The examination will include a test to examine the nose and the position of the nasal septum, using a bright light and a speculum, an instrument to spread the nostrils.


Treatments for Deviated Septum

If you have chronic nosebleeds or sinusitis, your doctor may recommend a surgical procedure called septoplasty.


The procedure, which is generally performed on an outpatient basis, straightens the septum. Your doctor makes a cut inside the septum, then lifts moist tissue lining the sinus cavities (mucous membrane) and repositions the septum so that both sinus cavities are of equal size. The mucous membrane is placed back in position and packed in or stitched to hold position.

Your Medical Team

If you have any condition relating to the ear, nose, throat, head or neck, you may work with one or more of the following medical team members at University of Colorado Hospital.


Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists

Otolaryngologist – a doctor who treats ear, nose, throat, head and neck disorders.

Audiologist – a specialist trained in evaluating and treating hearing, balance and related ear problems.


Other Ear, Nose and Throat Staff

Registered nurse – a nurse who sees clinic patients, conducts medical evaluations, takes patient histories and provides after care for patients.

Medical assistant – staff member who assists the RN in seeing patients in clinical settings.

Getting a Second Opinion for a Deviated Septum

The physicians and staff of the Ear, Nose and Throat team at University of Colorado Hospital are happy to provide second opinions for patients in the community who have symptoms of or a diagnosis of a deviated septum.

Additional Deviated Septum Resources

American Academy of Otolaryngology

How to Make an Appointment for the Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic

To make an appointment at the Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic, please call (720) 848-2820.

For Audiology, call (720) 848-2800.