Is nasal blockage after septoplasty common?

I had a septoplasty 3 months ago and I still have nasal blockage discomfort in my left nostril. My ENT told me that is due to possible nerve damage. How long does the nerves take to regenerate? What can I do to improve airflow? Does a tingling sensation a symptom of nerve regeneration?

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Blockage after septoplasty

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If after 3 months you continue to have blockage you will need evaluation.  Soft tissue swelling may improve but it would need to be treated.  If there is a physical obstruction you may need another procedure.  Nerve damage has little to do with airway obstruction. Best of luck, Dr. Michael Omidi

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Nasal obstruction 3 months after septoplasty

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It is not uncommon to have nasal blockage 3 months after septoplasty.  Ask your doctor to look into each nasal vault.  Look for adhesions or debris that he may remove.  Consider nasal steroid sprays.  Be patient.  

If it does not resolve you may need a minor revision after one year.

Ernest Robinson, MD
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