I went into my doctor's office after 5 days of my open rhinoplasty to have my stitches and stints removed, but a family problem has emerged and I will not be able to see my doctor for 3 more weeks. Is this too long for the cast to be on even if I take care of it? Should I remove it myself? Thanks.
Open Rhinoplasty: Is It Okay to Leave my Cast on for 3 Weeks After Rhinoplasty?
Doctor Answers (4)
Removing Nasal Cast At 3 Weeks Post-op
Removal your nasal cast on your own is not a good idea whatsoever.
That being said, I recommend that you contact your surgeon with whom you should disclose your inability to be at his/her office anytime soon; it is up to your surgeon to decide when it is the critical time to have your cast removed.
I hope this helps.
The best of luck to you.
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Leaving Cast in Place for 3 Weeks after Rhinoplasty
Leaving the cast in place for 3 weeks after your rhinoplasty will not cause any problems or have any influence on the amount of swelling. I would not recommend removal but consult with the surgeon who did your operation.
It Isn't Okay to Leave Your Rhinoplasty Cast On For More Than 3 Weeks
Your cast should probably not stay on for another 3 weeks (although after 2 weeks it may just fall off on it's own). Contact your surgeon and they can likely help you find a colleague wherever you are to take it off for you. Good luck.
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Better not mess with the cast or splints. Call your surgeon and make appropriate follow-ups with trusted colleagues.
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