Septoplasty Without Cotton-stuffed Nose?

Hi, I have a deviated septum all my life. I was punched in the nose when I was a little kid. Can I get Septoplasty without stuffing the nose with cotton? I have extreme claustrophobia and could not handle the cotton? Please help.

Thank You, Tom

Doctor Answers 4

No need for packing

I have been doing septoplasrty procedures without packing for the last 10 years, there is no need for this uncomfortable,  sometimes painful treatment

Septoplasty recovery

Nasal packing is performed to reduce swelling and bleeding  postoperatively. Steps can be taken to minimize the need for lengthy packing, but I would recommend at least 24 hours of the packing. 

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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