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Hamish Sillars - Otolaryngologist

Private Service, ENT/ Head & Neck Surgery

Nasal Airway Obstruction due to Deformities of the Septum

Deviated Septum

The thin wall between the nostrils (septum) is often uneven or crooked, making one nostril narrower than the other. Most people experience no symptoms from this condition but sometimes the reduced airflow can lead to difficulty breathing, congestion, infections, nosebleeds and snoring or sleep apnoea.

Symptoms can be treated with medication such as decongestants and steroid sprays but if symptoms persist surgery (septoplasty) may be required.


This operation repositions the nasal septum and is performed entirely within your nose so that there are no external cuts made on your face.

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