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Hello Dr. Bermant,
 
    I just have a simple question, actually. I saw an ear, throat and nose specialist who told me I had a deviated spur  and he suggested that I should consider having the septoplasmy procedure done. I sometimes have trouble breathing thru my nose but I do not have any serious problems or symptoms, but I feel very desperate when this happens, when I can’t breathe completely thru my nose because of the obstruction. The doctor says I am backed up. I have medical insurance and I would like to breathe thru my nose better but I am afraid it would change my appearance. Could this happen?  Should I have the procedure done or pass it up due to possible risks and complications? I am afraid to do it so I would like your imput. Please respond.

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My practice has further evolved and I no longer offer such surgery.

There can be many causes of Nasal Obstruction. Analyzing the right combination of causes and then designing the appropriate surgery is part of the art of this sculpture. When the bent septum is the cause, addressing it can help unless the nose is bent also. Then fixing the nasal deformity first and then straightening the septum is preferable.

Risks of Rhinoplasty should be part of the normal education a doctor offers his / her patients. The entire picture of the patient's condition needs to be part of that analysis of risks vs. benefits. If you need to look to the web to find the answers, you may be seeing the wrong doctor.

Our prior static Nasal Obstruction boards did not offer the ability to post questions, share experiences, nor seek answers. You are welcome to join us here to help better understand nasal obstruction issues.

Hope this helps,

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I just had an operation to remove polyps and repair a deviated septum.

I could not sleep at night due to not being able to breath properly and when I did fall asleep I would wake up because of my extensive post nasal drip gagging me. I was a zombie from total lack of sleep.

I delayed having the operation until I could not take it at all. What an idiot! The operation went like clockwork, the post op pain was almost zero, just some slight discomfort. And from the second I woke up I could breath amazingly! No packing, no splints, just a straight septum.

I still wake up in the morning (after sleeping the whole night through) and the first thing I realize is how well I can breath.  The only problem I have (and I am being picky) is that there is a small patch of mucosa open on one nostril, but it is crusted over and healing.

This operation has seriously changed my life. I should have had it done long ago.

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I just had an operation to remove polyps and repair a deviated septum.

I could not sleep at night due to not being able to breath properly and when I did fall asleep I would wake up because of my extensive post nasal drip gagging me. I was a zombie from total lack of sleep.

I delayed having the operation until I could not take it at all. What an idiot! The operation went like clockwork, the post op pain was almost zero, just some slight discomfort. And from the second I woke up I could breath amazingly! No packing, no splints, just a straight septum.

I still wake up in the morning (after sleeping the whole night through) and the first thing I realize is how well I can breath.  The only problem I have (and I am being picky) is that there is a small patch of mucosa open on one nostril, but it is crusted over and healing.

This operation has seriously changed my life. I should have had it done long ago.

This should not be construed as medical advice. I am a retired Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

Welcome to our forums and thank you for sharing your experiences.

Issues after surgery depends on many factors. Re: Septoplasty Forum - Large Piece Tissue Covering Septum Came Off.

Not sleeping robs the brain of needed function. Opening up the airway really makes a difference.

Hope this helps,

Michael Bermant, MD
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