Not sure of actual price, including insurance...
I have an extremely deviated septum, which is not apparent from the outside, really, but I have no breathing what so ever in my left nostril. I have had really bad migraines and sinusitis for the last 5 or so years, and the doctor believes that this will correct my sinusitis issues, and hopefully also alleviate some of my migraines.
Insurance is covering almost all of my procedure, except for the admission price for my stay in a private hospital. I was planning on only going for a functional septoplasty, but the surgeon informed me that as it was covered by insurance for necessary reasons, I could also get some cosmetic rhinoplasty performed as well, at no cost to myself. I'll upload photos later, but as it stands, I am considering going through with both options. My surgery is tomorrow, and at my consultation I asked the surgeon what he would do for my nose, cosmetically, and he noted that I have a psuedo dorsal hump, meaning that I don't actually have a hump on my bridge, but the loss of cartilage just above the tip, due to an accident, has made it appear as if my nose has a bump. He said he would use some of the cartilage removed from the deviation to correct that, as well as shave down the bump. Furthermore, he said he would put in a small stitch into the tip, to refine my tip slightly.
At this point, having realised that I have the option for a free rhinoplasty, I am also considering asking for a slight deprojection of my tip. What does everyone think? I'd love some honest opinions!
I also just found out that I have to stay overnight after my procedure, and as such, has anyone any recommendations for stuff I should be packing in my bag? Other than pjs, slippers, etc?
On a side note, my doctor's secretary is the rudest person I have ever met in my life. She is downright unfriendly in person and ignorant on the phone. If I had the time to back out, and the ability to find a surgeon that my insurance covered that was also personally recommended by a friend of the family (who is also an ENT surgeon but not a rhinoplasty specialist), I would go elsewhere, just for the sake of her being a chronic asshole, to be honest. One phonecall with her recently left me in tears, and all I was asking was whether I needed to bring anything for the overnight stay.
Day 3: Still Alive
I managed to convince the nurses to let me sneak my phone into the room with me beforehand, and was able to show the doctor a few pictures of noses I do like, such as Sophia Bush's and even though that was rather nerve-wracking, since I was already dressed in my gown and had been lightly sedated by the extremely friendly anesthetist. I had told him about my anxiety disorder and panic attacks, and he reassured me he would take care of me, since there was a bit of a wait in the recovery room, as a trauma came in right before I was supposed to go in.
My doctor was extremely helpful and friendly, and listened to all of my concerns, before assuring me that he would correct my septum, first and foremost, as that was my primary concern. Then he said that he would do what he felt suited my face and made me look the same, just better.
When I woke up I was in a little bit of pain, but very high from the pain medicine. I was wheeled into my room, where I saw my brother and proceeded to make fun of his pants and then asked him to hop into my bed with me for a nap, since we were "best friends". When my family went home later, I managed to get on line and purchase 4 pairs of shoes, all under the influence. Damn Paypal.
The drive home went fairly well the following day, I slept for most of it, and it is only today, my third day, that my stomach is upset, but all in all not nearly as painful as I thought it would be. I've been making sure to sleep sitting up, using both a u-shaped pillow and one of those giant breast feeding pillows. My bleeding is at a minimum, with no need for a mustache gauze anymore, though there was a little bit of an issue yesterday, as I had a heart-to-heart with my mom and got quite teary, resulting in a runny nose that couldn't be blown and general pain and blood. Whoops.
I can't think of much else to comment on, other than the fact that I am DYING to go for a walk, and can't wait for the nausea to go away.
Oh how it itches!!!
More or less done!
If I could change one thing it would be to remove a little bit more of my septum on the right side of my nose. Because it was so badly deviated, he had to remove a lot on the left side, and not as much on the right side, so as to keep it even. Or something like that. I don't know, he explained it to me and it made sense, but my brain took a week's holiday to Boston and I'm only just starting to wake up again. It's all a little fuzzy.
My scar under my nose has healed AMAZINGLY well. It's practically invisible without makeup. No hypertrophic or keloid scars and that is a definite A+ in my book.
As far as the secretary goes, my contact with her has been minimal. I never booked my 6 week follow up appointment because I was too afraid to talk to her, but the office ended up contacting me, and with some attitude she booked me in. As difficult and unfriendly and off-putting as she was, I do not regret going with Doctor Harney, and found him to be friendly, helpful and he put the nose first, not my neurosis.
He seems quite practical, and nonsensical, though not overly friendly. He returned my phone call the following day, and was perfectly accommodating, but other than my consultation and that phone call, has had no contact with me, which I don't like. His secretary is the rudest person I have ever met in my life. She is downright unfriendly in person and ignorant on the phone. If I had the time to back out, and the ability to find a surgeon that my insurance covered that was also personally recommended by a friend of the family (who is also an ENT surgeon but not a rhinoplasty specialist), I would go elsewhere, just for the sake of her being a chronic asshole, to be honest. One phonecall with her recently left me in tears, and all I was asking was whether I needed to bring anything for the overnight stay. End Result: Very happy. Any initial misgivings regarding the surgery were satisfied by the doctor, and by the end result. He was very helpful and reassuring in the end, and quite understanding. He explained to me multiple times about the procedure and what he did and why. I found that very helpful.