Turbinate reduction, still difficulty breathing. What can be done?
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10 days is too early to evaluate effectiveness of turbinate surgery.
You could still have swelling, bloody crusts, and dried mucous causing blockage. This is likely given that you had initial improvement, and now have recurrent blockage.
I have found turbinate surgery quite effective, even when prior operations by qualified practitioners failed. Give yourself and your surgeon some time. Use saline mist, sniffle but do not blow your nose, and sleep with your head higher than your heart. If you live in frozen climates, use a vaporizer or humidifier at night, and saline mist during the day. Avoid Dristan or other nasal vasoconstrictors/decongestants for now.
Speak with your surgeon about your concerns. I suspect all is well and this will improve as you heal further. Best wishes! Dr. Tholen
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