Septoplasty - No packing or splints. Should I be concerned?
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NO SPLINTS AFTER SEPTOPLASTY
Splints and septoplasty
Many surgeons prefer not to use packing or splints after septoplasty. In fact, there are various studies showing postoperative outcomes are similar with and without them. When surgery is done properly your nose should still have all the support it needs to heal well. Good luck!
Packing and Splints for Septoplasty Surgery
Traditionally after nasal surgery, plastic surgeons will use packing for splints to support the nasal structure during recovery. However with advancements in medical technology, it is perfectly normal for surgeons to skip the splints and packing for a septoplasty. Packing is generally avoided all-together with the modern dissolvable materials we have now. Depending on your unique case, you may not need a splint for your nose. If you are still concerned, I recommend speaking to your plastic surgeon or consulting another plastic surgeon about your case
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Thank you for your question.I almost never use splints. This is usually determined by the surgeon's preference. You do not need to be concerned. The splints should not be providing the support anyway - your remaining cartilage does. There are certainly cases where splints would be beneficial, but sounds like this may not be the case with you.Please discuss your concerns with your surgeon, as he/she is the only person who truly knows what was done in surgery and can give you the best explanation for why splints were not necessary.
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