Still can't breathe after turbinoplasty/outfracture?
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Nasal obstruction in the early period of healing after nasal surgery is secondary to swelling. Once the first 3 weeks have passed if the swelling has resolved you should be able to breathe well. Any persistent obstruction needs to be evaluated for possible nasal valve collapse.
After surgery on the nose, there is swelling. As the swelling goes down, the nasal passages open up. At one week, the nose is still very swollen. You need to give time for the swelling to subside.
Breathing and swelling
At one week out, you are likely very swollen and this can take several weeks to a few months to improve.
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At 1 week, the inside of your nose is still expected to be swollen. This will take another 2-4 weeks to settle. I would use some nasal saline to keep things moist and follow up with your surgeon. I wouldn't get worried yet. Good luck!
Your residual postop breathing issues are likely secondary to swelling of the turbinates. This will resolve with time. Follow your surgeon's postop instructions, especially when it comes to saline rinses.
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