Can Septoplasty Give You a New Voice?
As a Los Angeles sinus surgeon and experienced ENT, I field a lot of questions about the various possibilities and consequences of sinus procedures. One procedure in particular that tends to attract a lot of questions is septal surgery, or septoplasty. I think the reason is that this procedure is most concerned with structures that are possibly visible to others.
I have addressed before the question of cosmetic changes following septoplasty (short answer: not unless you want them), but another question I hear fairly often concerns the voice. Specifically: can correcting a deviated septum actually change the quality or volume of your speaking voice?
Probably not. Although there is some intuitive appeal to the idea that changing the shape of a resonant structure like your nose will have far-reaching effects, the simple truth is that most of us do not pass air through the nostrils when we speak. Of course, the sound is a complex thing, and there is no question that alterations can affect a few overtones here and there. But for the most part, this safe and simple procedure only does what it’s intended to do: clear an airway to improve your breathing day and night.