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Septoplasty: anyone else had it?

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  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Music Moderators Posts: 12,778 Mod ✭✭✭✭Zascar


    Had the surgery yesterday for 3rd degree deviated septum. When I woke up I felt I could breath better. Today I woke up and extremely blocked and it's bleeding a lot. I'd love to just blow my nose to clear but obviously I cant. It's pretty horrible I can't wait for it to go away. Any tips?



  • Registered Users Posts: 39,677 ✭✭✭✭Itssoeasy


    No tips really but as someone who had the surgery nearly 20 years ago you’ll wonder how you didn’t have it sooner. I was very sick the day or two after it, and my nose was tender but in my case it wasn’t that bad. I took two weeks off school at the time but I can’t remember anything after being very bad.



  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    Don’t worry about the breathing for the moment, that will take months, but you won’t know yourself.



  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    My breathing is now completely clear, the crusting has finally stopped. Was done April, so it takes 3 months or so to get the final result of a simple septoplasty.

    You can see the extent and complexity of the deviation, he had to reset bone at the back to get it aligned. But as far as I was concerned the most uncomfortable thing was the splints, but it was still perfectly tolerable.



  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Music Moderators Posts: 12,778 Mod ✭✭✭✭Zascar


    So I had my surgery 2 months ago and it's great I can finally breath properly. I was worried that I wouldn't experience any significant change, but actually I'm very happy I can certainly breathe an awful lot better. The first week was pretty horrible mainly because you just want to blow your nose and you can't, but also you're so stuffed up and have to breath through your mouth. So sleeping for the first week is tough, waking up many times a night having to drink water because you're mouth is so dehydrated. That went away after about 10 days and after that it was much better it took over a month maybe 6 weeks until breathing felt normal again, and I felt like I could take a proper breath that I haven't done in years. If you're thinking about it just get it done you'll be glad you did!



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    It keeps improving, I believe e that improvement can continue for months. My nasal breathing is really good now, far less headaches etc.



  • Registered Users Posts: 7 sk777


    Hi, a consultant advised me that I have a deviated septum and I could have surgery if I wanted, didn't make a suggestion either way. I have a few symptoms (loud snoring, labour slightly to breath through nose, poor sense of smell, dry mouth after sleeping, feel that my nose is blocked quite easily, I sometimes feel a bit of pressure behind my eye when blowing my nose) but these are each quite mild. I can't remember not having a deviated septum and I am almost completely blocked on one side of my nose. 

    I was wondering if thought that it would be worth going through the surgery and recovery for this?



  • Registered Users Posts: 7 sk777


    I had a septoplasty and turbinoplasty done 2 weeks ago. I was nervous about the surgery but it was absolutely fine. I felt no pain at all really. I returned after one week and when the doctor removed the splint it felt so strange being able to breathe through both nostrils. I was just tired for a couple of weeks but other than that it was fine.

    I was almost 100% blocked in one nostril and not sure how long I have had it. Maybe 10 years or more. As it wasn't causing any obvious serious health issues I was considering not doing the surgery, but I'm delighted I did. I had issues with snoring, dry mouth every morning, congestion for pretty much the whole winter every year and a doctor thought it might be causing a post nasal drip as I had a persistent cough.

    Since the surgery I feel great when I wake up in the mornings, hangovers are nowhere near as bad, not clearing my nose or throat at all really. I also think my sense of smell is improving. The doctor was happy with the results and said it will continue to improve for a couple of months.

    If anyone is putting this off because it sounds daunting, don't. I had wisdom teeth taken out in the past and that was a much worse recovery (even though that wasnt too bad either).



  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    I second that, it is not anything as daunting as might be imagined. The stuffing sensation of the splints is the “worst” but perfectly tolerable. People who have had this op generally have have sinus infections galore and are more than able for a short-lived “final infection”‘sort of experience if you must describe it that way!



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    by the way, after you’ve had it done you use that NeilMed sinus wash available in Boots. Get used to using it ahead, maybe. Don’t worry about the horrible red snot post-op, that is normal and fine, nothing to be concerned about 😃

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  • Registered Users Posts: 79 ✭✭Qboot


    Hey there, loads of great advice in this thread 👍️ I am having the procedure done on Tuesday, very much looking forward to being able to breathe normally again.

    My question to anybody who keeps active, when were you able to get back to exercising after the surgery? I'm not doing anything too strenuous, mainly jogging + some abdominal exercises and push ups at home, but I would prefer not to postpone getting back to it for longer than necessary. Any experience in this area? Thanks!



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,624 ✭✭✭victor8600


    Personally, I avoided any physical exercises for something like 2 or 3 weeks after the surgery.



  • Registered Users Posts: 7,722 ✭✭✭YellowLead


    Anyone else become a snorer after the surgery when they weren’t before? I am almost a year post surgery and no sign of the snoring going, I wasn’t a snorer pre surgery, kind of annoying!



  • Registered Users Posts: 79 ✭✭Qboot


    Thank you Victor. And after that, you went back to it as normal, or was there a period of only light activity?



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,624 ✭✭✭victor8600


    I went back to jogging, it is probably can be considered as a lighter activity. Please ask your surgeon for recommendations.



  • Registered Users Posts: 79 ✭✭Qboot




  • Registered Users Posts: 79 ✭✭Qboot


    Well then, had the procedure done yesterday, just about to be discharded from the hospital now. It was rather straightforward. So far, it's been grand as far as pain is concerned, I haven't been feeling tender whatsoever, but that's most likely due to the nurses making sure to stay on top of it.

    On the other hand, it has been quite miserable in terms of breathing. The nose is completely blocked, so you have to breathe through the mouth, which makes your throat sore and you keep waking up to sip water, etc. My advice to anyone who is about yo get it done, take a pack of Strepsils with you. So that is the worst of it so far. Otherwise, no issues.

    If anyone's interested, I am happy to keep you all posted on my recovery.

    Edit:

    Day 3 post surgery. The first 36 hours were the toughest, congestion was unbearable, and pain management was a must, as the nose could get very tender without it. My advice to anyone about to have the procedure done: don't brave it and keep chugging your pain relief to stay on top of the pain for the first 36-48 hours or so.

    This morning saw a big improvement: congestion is still very heavy (I understand it is there to stay for a week or so), but the air seems to be pushing a bit better through the crusting in the nose, so I am even occasionally able to breathe through the nose. The pain is gone, I don't need the painkillers anymore. The oozing from the nose is also not as heavy, so I can do away with the dressing under the nose, which makes it easier to eat and drink.

    The swelling is also gone, the kids don't call me "Rudolf the red nose daddy anymore" XD. I'm going to start with nasal flush, drops and cream as prescribed by the surgeon today and see how it goes.

    I'm also getting tired very easily, just helping the missus get the kids ready for school drained me out completely, but apparently that's to be expected.

    That's about it. It looks like the worst of it has passed and it's a much more manageable experience overall. Will give another update in a few days.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 79 ✭✭Qboot


    Can't edit the post any more, so I'm creating another one.

    Day 5 post surgery. All is grand now, any residual swelling and oozing is now gone, and it is now essentially a wait for the splints to be removed (which in my case will happen in 2 weeks' time). I have started the nasal flush to help with the congestion, it is helping a little, but not a great deal. Still, even little relief is better than no relief. Not sure if it was in this thread, or another one, but someone recommended to practice doing the nasal flushes before you have the surgery, and I couldn't agree more: getting accustomed to doing it beforehand will make it so much easier.

    That's about it, I guess there's not going to be anything to report until the splints are removed, so if anyone is interested in that, or in getting back to exercising, let me know in 2-3 weeks' time and I will give an update. Best of luck to all looking to have this done. You'll be fine ;)



  • Registered Users Posts: 7,703 ✭✭✭Raoul


    How long after the operation do you get the splints out?

    Also, does the operation straighten your nose? Or is that an additional thing that you have to ask the surgeon to do?



  • Registered Users Posts: 79 ✭✭Qboot


    I my case, 3 weeks after the surgery. But I believe it's 2 weeks in most cases, I guess my surgeon is simply unavailable earlier.

    Straightening your nose would involve rhinoplasty, I only had septoplasty (a.k.a. straightening the septum only) done. I belive the two are often done together, if required, but you would need to consult your doctor about it.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,614 ✭✭✭✭cj maxx


    Mine was clear my nasal passage to allow my sinuses to clear . I haven’t cleared them in a while and this thundery weather is giving me headaches . I need to get to the vet syringes .



  • Registered Users Posts: 79 ✭✭Qboot


    Just a shot (and final) update: had the splints removed today, and what a brilliant feeling it was to be able to breathe through the nose again! Honestly, the procedure was definitely worth it.

    One thing to note, to anyone who are still to have the splints out and feeling that the procedure did not improve the patency of their nose much, wait until they are removed. As it turns out, the splints themselves block the airways quite a bit and it was a world of difference once they were gone. Best of luck to all looking to get it done.



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