Is Having Your Splints Removed After Rhinoplasty/septoplasty Painful?
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Removing nasal packing and splints after rhinoplasty should be painless
Years ago, when I trained, we put a lot more packing in the nose and left it in for many days. Now, much less packing is used and it is often removed after one day. This has little discomfort and actually a relief to get the packing out. Even taking off the cast, if done gently is painless.
Dressing removal and splint removal is not painful after rhinoplasty surgery.
Having splints removed can be uncomfortable
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Removing post op bandages
Removing the cast/splint
Removing packing or some kind of intranasal entitity
Removing sutures if the surgery was done open
None should hurt. Removing the intranasal portion may be slightly uncomfortable but its only a few seconds and there is no lingering discomfort
You will be fine
more uncomfortable then painful
Pain meds before, decongestants and local anesthesia are all things that can be used, but usually unnecessary if the above is managed in the operating room correctly.
hope this helps!
Removing Splints Post-Rhinoplasty
Removal of Internal Splints Can Characterized as Uncomfortable
It’s not unusual for surgeons to use internal and external nasal splints following both rhinoplasty and septoplasty. These are used to hold anatomic structures in place following these procedures.
External nasal splints are typically left in place for about a week. They are utilized to hold the bones in place following rhinoplasty with infracture. It would be unusual to have pain or discomfort during removal of this type of nasal splint.
Internal nasal splints made of silastic are typically utilized when septoplasties are performed. This type of splint is usually left in place for 2-3 weeks following surgery. Removal of internal nasal splints would be characterized as uncomfortable and mildly painful.
It’s important to understand that nasal splints are often necessary to obtain an excellent surgical result. The majority of patients tolerate splint removal without discomfort or pain.
Removing internal septal splint and external nose splint
Nasal Splint Removal
Remoal of internal nasal splints, adjacent to the septum, or the external nasal cast is not painful except in the occasional patient with a very low pain threshold, who experiences mild discomfort. Share your concern with your surgeon and take a pain pill before the splints are removed.
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