I had surgery last december with no complications other than a constat feeling of numbness(and sometimes mild pain) , on the interior of my nose, that sometimes appears to be on the roof of my mouth. My surgeon said he used the "swinging door tecnique" . Any ways I can check by myself for a perforation? Water or light trough the nose? Thanks for your time.
How Can I Find out if I Developed a Septal Perforation Following Septoplasty?
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Self examination to rule out septal perforation
Perforation after septoplasty
Perforation is a well described but uncommon issue after septoplasty. There are no good ways to tell on your own. Is there a reason you are suspicious of having one? Common symptoms include whistling, crusting and sometimes nose bleeds but I have see a few patients who have had perforations for years without knowing about them. The best way to find out is to see your surgeon or anyone else who performs septoplasties or rhinoplasties. They need to look directly with a strong light or may even use a scope to see.
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