I'm scheduled for a functional septorhinoplasty in 2 weeks but also need to undergo balloon sinuplasty afterwards?
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Balloon sinuplasty after rhinoplasty.
So apparently you are going to have the balloon sinuplasty in the office under local anesthesia after your septorhinoplasty. Did the surgeon not make a recommendation for how long the intervals should be? This is important. Any reason why it cannot be done at the same time? Generally, when you combine procedures, you save a lot of money. I do not know what your insurance issues are because some of you had may be covered by insurance.
The balloon sinuplasty will have no effect on the appearance of your nose after the surgery, and it should not delay healing. From what I understand, it is pretty straight forward. Do not worry about the influence of the cosmetic surgery on the balloon sinuplasty or vice versa. However, I do think you need to investigate why you want to split the procedures into separate sessions.
Robert Kotler, MD, FACS
Over 4,500 nasal procedures performed
Coordinating rhinoplasty and other surgeries and procedures
It may be another cosmetic procedure or a medically necessary one. Here are a few things to consider.
1. Single anesthesia: one dose of longer general anesthesia is considered better than going to sleep multiple times.
2. Rhinoplasty affects the airway. Your nasal airway will be swollen while recovering. And the anesthesiologist can't put a breathing mask on your face without putting pressure on your new healing nose.
3. If the two procedures need to be performed on separate dates, I would delay the rhinoplasty (elective) until you're healed from the other procedure.
4. Sinus surgery (fairly common for rhinoplasty patients) can be performed at the same time as rhinoplasty. It can also be performed before the rhinoplasty. I would not recommend sinus surgery after rhinoplasty because the instruments can push and pull on the tip of the nose with potential to change
It will take extra effort on your part to coordinate between two offices for a mutually acceptable procedure date. I would discuss it with both surgeons to come up with a safe treatment plan for you.
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If for whatever reason you choose to have balloon sinuplasty separately, I would consider having the balloon done first. This would avoid any issues or concerns regarding your rhinoplasty recovery and result, which could be needlessly compromised by your sinuplasty done afterwards.
I would get a second opinion regard your surgical recommendations. Hope this answer helps.
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