I have questions about septoplasty! My nose was great, but my breathing problems have returned. Does this happen often?

I had a septoplasty last summer, it wasn't really different at first but after two months it turned great, I could sleep with little or no snoring at all, but since last week I wake up with dry mouth and I remember how it was before the surgery, and I have difficulty breathing through one nostril. I feel a little bum through that nostril like a broken or misplaced bone, I would go to my doctor if I didn't study in another country! Do you have any suggestions for me? Does it happen often?

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Dear Sina, If you had relief after your surgery and this problem has just occurred this last week you may just be having an allergic or inflammatory reaction. If this continues an examination will help with your diagnosis. Best regards, Michael V. Elam, M.D.

Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Breathing after septoplasty

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If you had successful imrpovement after a spetoplasty, then it may be that other etiologies are the cause for your recent change. It could be allergic, inflammatory, or infectious to name a few. Best to see your doctor.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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New onset of nasal airway obstruction after a septoplasty

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This may be just a temporary problem possibly related to allergies.  It is persists then you will need to be examined by either an ENT or Plastic Siurgeon.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Breathing Problems after Septoplasty

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The breathing problems have returned for the past week after significant improvement following your surgery. Perhaps you have a short term medical problem such as a "cold" which can be treated appropriately. An examination will shed some light on your problem.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Breathing problems after septoplasty

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Dear SinaF,

  • You should visit an ENT doctor to evaluate your septum
  • Sometimes, breathing problems can be related to allergies and not the septum
  • Sometimes, a septoplasty may not last forever and a small revision may need to be done
  • It could also be your turbinates which can swell over time

Nima Shemirani

Nima Shemirani, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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