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What are possible complications from septoplasty? I'm about to schedule a septoplasty. My surgeon keeps saying complications are rare. I get that, but i'd just like to be prepared in case i'm one of the rare ones.
Risks : Risks include but are not limited to anaesthetic related complications, bleeding, septal perforation, over-resection that can lead to saddle deformity (loss of dorsal support), synechia formation (internal scar bands), rarely alteration in smell acuity, and temporary numbness and tingling in the upper central dentition. ...Read more
2-3 weeks, perf: You may have a small amount of bleeding for 24 to 48 hours. A "drip pad" is often worn. I will occasionally use an internal splint for the first week. You can expect internal swelling for 2 to 3 wks, and you may have a runny nose for several months after your surgery. An unusual but potential complication is a septal perforation (a small hole in the septum) - this can often be fixed if it occurs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are complications common with septoplasty? What are most common complications? Is additional surgery common? Not sure if best left alone.
Is the risk of complications higher with a second septoplasty? My first septoplasty didn't improve things much. I've found another surgeon who seems to have a high success rate with revision septoplasties. But I'm still worried
The : The risk of septal perforation or tears is higher secondary to the scar tissue formation from your prior surgery but there are techniques that can be applied surgically to minimize this risk and isn't usually a major problem. My biggest concern with you is why didn't the original septoplasty help? Was the reason that the prior septal deformities weren't corrected, or is it that there is another cause for your nasal obstruction that is being attributed to the septum. For instance, do you have persistently enlarged turbinates contributing to the blockage? (have someone do an afrin challenge test). Do you have internal valve collapse? (have someone do a cottle maneuver). Do you have external valve collapse? (have someone do a probe test). The point is you should have an experienced physician who understands the different causes of nasal obstruction make a proper diagnosis as to the cause of your breathing problem before committing to a procedure that may not help you. I'm not saying it can't be from the septum, but there are other causes too. Good-luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does having septoplasty and rhinoplasty together increase possible complications? My surgeon says she does the two together all the time. I believe her, but i'm still worried the extra work means extra chances of complications. Am i being paranoid?
Surgery on septum: Septoplasty is a surgery that is used to improve the nasal airway. This may consist of removing deviated portions of the septum, straightening some of the deviations or replacing portions of the deviated septum. The surgery is usually done via an endonasal (inside the nose) approach. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers