Can this boney hump actually be swelling? (Photo)

I had sinus surgery and septoplasty 2 weeks ago. I had a slight dorsal hump that the Dr said he could shave down a bit. He took the tape off a week later and the hump was much worse. And it really hasn't gone down. It feels like bone. Is it possible that it is just hard swelling? I would have assumed the bump wouldn't have been so prominant right after surgery. Others usually say bump is gone, but swelling remains. I go back in soon for post op. I just don't want him to sugar coat a problem.

Doctor Answers 5

Can this boney hump actually be swelling?

I agree it appears that the hump wasn't adequately addressed. You also have swelling on top of the residual hump. You will need to give your nose at least 3-6 months to heal before having the hump removed. Please discuss with your surgeon. If you are not confident in their assessment of the situation seek a second opinion. I hope this information is helpful for you.

Stephen Weber MD, FACS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon

Bony Hump

This is probably a discussion you should have with your Surgeon to ascertain what was done and not during your procedure.  The hump appears very similar in before and after procedures, so I see your concern. 

Stephen Prendiville, MD
Fort Myers Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Dorsal Hump

Since you are only 2 weeks out I would give it more time, at least 3 months to see how things settle and if still unsatisfied speak with your surgeon and then seek a second opinion if still unhappy.

Good luck!

Nicole Schrader, MD, FACS
Princeton Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Based on your picture you continue to have a nasal hump.  You should return to your primary surgeon.  If you have confidence you can proceed in about 6 month to a year to adress this concern.

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