Breathing Problem After Turbinate Reduction and Septoplasty?

I had an enlarged turbinate with a deviated septum. In my X-Ray scan, haziness is seen in right frontal sinus. Opacity is seen in left nasal cavity. Nasal septum is deviated to right side.


Therefore, i had turbinate reduction and septoplasty surgery 6 weeks ago, but after spending a huge amount and painful moments, my breathing problems still remain. my breath is still short like before my surgery. i am not understanding why this is happening. also my nose is looking more crooked from top.

Doctor Answers 3

Breathing problems after rhinoplasty, septoplasty

You are still very early after your surgery. In most cases, just correcting the deviated septum, which usually remains deviated anyway, will not affect the breathing that much unless it is really bent and obstructing the airway. Removing, not just injecting or cauterizing, the enlarged, obstructing turbinates should have a dramatic improvement in breathing.

Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Breathing problems after septoplasty

What you are describing is not ideal.  You didn't mention if when the packing or splints were removed if you could breathe well.  If so, you might just be swollen right now.  If not, there might still be an anatomical obstruction present.  Another CT could help and certainly visit your doctor as frequently as necessary. 

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Nasal obstruction

A septopplasty will not necessarily correct the external appearance of the nose. There may be many reasons for your persistent nasal obstruction incuding post operative swelling but I would bring this to the attention of your physician and you may need another CT scan to evaulate the cause of your symptoms

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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