If you’re a regular reader of this blog, then you know that I have previously written about Jai McDowall, a British TV reality show singer whose singing was put on hold by a deviated septum. The last we’ve heard from the singer was about a month ago, when he announced that he will be taking a break from his singing career to have his deviated nose repaired.
Well, just a few days ago, McDowall underwent a two-hour nose operation to correct his deviated septum, and is now raring to go back to work. Although his nose was still swollen from the operation, McDowall says he could not believe the difference the operation made on his life right away. “My breathing is a lot better and I’m not getting the blockages I had before.”
McDowall also said that his sinuses have improved a lot since then. “I’ve not been going through so many boxes of hankies either and I’m hoping that will continue.”
Even the singer’s surgeon is pretty happy with the results, and is hopeful that McDowall’s singing will improve even further. “He did have some airway obstruction, particularly on one side so now the nasal sounds should be diminished. Deviated septums can come from injuries and people can be born with them too.”
How a Deviated Septum Happens
McDowall’s nose was bent out of shape after the singer broke up a bar fight in his younger years. The singer’s musical career blossomed after he won the fifth series of Britain’s Got Talent back in 2011.
Most people are often unaware that they have a deviated septum. In fact, it is very rare for a person to have a perfectly straight septum, which is the thin wall of bone and cartilage that separate the two nostrils.
It is estimated that 80% of nasal septums are off-center. Surgery is usually not required for most of them because the symptoms are mild and do not significantly impact the quality of life.
Living with a Deviated Septum
However, there are times when the deviation becomes too severe for comfort. Sinus infections become all too frequent, and normal activities such as breathing and sleeping become difficult to do. During these instances, many sufferers opt for a septoplasty procedure, especially when sinus medications and nasal sprays no longer work.
Septoplasty has become the go-to medical procedure for people suffering from a severely deviated septum. It is performed as an outpatient procedure by a Los Angeles sinus doctor, with most patients experiencing fast recovery times and going back to work the following day.
You’ll be pleased to know that most of my patients here at the Los Angeles Sinus Institute tell me that their only regret about the procedure is not having done it sooner. Some people even say that septoplasty has changed their lives.
If your deviated septum has had a negative impact on your life and is preventing you from pursuing your passions, now is the time to make a change and do what McDowall just did. Please call or drop by for a septoplasty appointment here at the Institute.