Can I take off my own Rhinoplasty cast if my doctor will not ever get back to me?
Doctor Answers 3
So Sorry to hear this. In this day and age I can't believe you can't reach your surgeon during the acute post-op period. Do keep trying to reach out. Worst case you could remove the cast yourself (in a HOT SHOWER with LOTS OF STEAM to make the glue less sticky). BUT i would not recommend that and would recommend your surgeon do it. All the best.
Thank you for your question.
I am sorry to hear about your communication issues, it is quite unacceptable. Unfortunately, I would recommend waiting it out until you can get in to see the doctor. If you can’t reach the doctor directly, try calling the office or showing up during office hours to get your splint removed. It isn’t a good idea to remove it yourself especially if you doctor feels it is not ready to be removed. Best of luck in your recovery!
James Fernau, MD, FACS
Board Certified ENT
Board Certified Plastic Surgery
Member of ASPS, ASAPS, ISAPS, The Rhinoplasty Society, AAFPRS, OTO/HNS, ASLMS, International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics & Science
Rhinoplasty and Cast
I am sorry you are having a problem reaching your surgeon. In the age of cell phones this is unacceptable . The vast majority of surgeons have someone taking call for them if they are unavailable.
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