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Could a deviated septum come back after surgery?
15 doctors weighed in

Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
5 doctors agree
In brief: If done well, no
If you had surgery to improve your nasal breathing, then presumably you had your septum straightened and also your turbinates reduced in size in some way.
Straightening the septum should be permanent. Reducing the turbinates might not be. If you start to develop congestion after the surgery it's possible the turbinates regrew. If you're told the septum is off it prob wasn't fixed fully at first.

In brief: If done well, no
If you had surgery to improve your nasal breathing, then presumably you had your septum straightened and also your turbinates reduced in size in some way.
Straightening the septum should be permanent. Reducing the turbinates might not be. If you start to develop congestion after the surgery it's possible the turbinates regrew. If you're told the septum is off it prob wasn't fixed fully at first.
Dr. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: Deviated septum
Surgically corrected deviated septum does not recur. Nasal trauma may cause trauma to the septum causing it to fracture or become dislocated, leading to deviation and narrowing of the nasal airway.

In brief: Deviated septum
Surgically corrected deviated septum does not recur. Nasal trauma may cause trauma to the septum causing it to fracture or become dislocated, leading to deviation and narrowing of the nasal airway.
Dr. Anifat Balogun
Dr. Anifat Balogun
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Dr. John Hoffmann
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Sometimes
Although rare, some people do have some relapse of their deviated septum. Sometimes a second operation will be advised.

In brief: Sometimes
Although rare, some people do have some relapse of their deviated septum. Sometimes a second operation will be advised.
Dr. John Hoffmann
Dr. John Hoffmann
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Dr. Farhad Sigari
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not likely
No, bc we remove the deviated portion of the septum during septoplasty.
Usually, when people have had septoplasty (wihout rhinoplasty) and still can't breathe well, it bc the inferior turbinates weren't treated or the deviated portion wasn't appropriately removed the first time. Sometimes, after appropriately fixing the septum, people can have nasal valve collapse --> persistent nasal obstruction.

In brief: Not likely
No, bc we remove the deviated portion of the septum during septoplasty.
Usually, when people have had septoplasty (wihout rhinoplasty) and still can't breathe well, it bc the inferior turbinates weren't treated or the deviated portion wasn't appropriately removed the first time. Sometimes, after appropriately fixing the septum, people can have nasal valve collapse --> persistent nasal obstruction.
Dr. Farhad Sigari
Dr. Farhad Sigari
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Dr. Suzanne Galli
Facial Plastic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Revision septoplasty
Revision rates in septoplasty are under 10% and depends on the surgeon and the method used.
Be sure to have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist.

In brief: Revision septoplasty
Revision rates in septoplasty are under 10% and depends on the surgeon and the method used.
Be sure to have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist.
Dr. Suzanne Galli
Dr. Suzanne Galli
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