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Old 10-20-2007, 07:05 AM   #1
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Surgery for snoring/nose bleeds..

Hi all

Just wanting to post on here about nose/throat surgery i had about 6 months ago:

After being advised by family that my snoring was incredibly loud, i went to a Ear, Nose and Throat specialist, who had a look at my nose and advised me the front part was actually broken, much to my surprise, especially given that nose breaks are traditionally higher up. I was told to lose a bit of weight and was given a nasal spray but in the end i decided to get the surgery done at a total cost of $2,300 Australian. I mentioned to the specialist that i had regular nose bleeds as well, and the surgery was to target this as well.

The procedures i had were quite obscure sounding terms:

* Nasal Septum Septoplasty or Submucous Re

* Turbinates Submucous Resection

and

* Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty

After waking up after the anaesthesia (which in itself is an amazing procedure given that it just knocks you out with very little pre warning, as i'm sure many other people on this forum have experienced), i then returned to my hospital room. I had intense nose bleeding for about 3 hours and infact required about 3 nurses to attend to me at one stage

The bleeding occurred on and off for the next week or so, in particular the first 4 days after the op. I was told basically to do nothing for 2 weeks, so stayed with my parents for the first week. I had slight throat pain for 4 or 5 days but with pain relief medication fortunately that didn't get to the stage where it was too unbareable.

After 10 days i consulted my specialist and was advised that the surgery was a success at that stage which was a relief

I dont actually know what caused the problem with my nose, possibly a sporting injury, although i think the most likely cause was walking into a door in a dark passageway about 5 years ago. More importantly now though, the surgery has been judged to be a success 6 months down the track. I still have a snoring problem but its not as serious as it was before the operation. Additionally i haven't had a nose bleed since the intial recovery period, which is about 5 months now. Regular nose bleeds were very annoying so this was a great result.

Anyway, thats my story maybe other people can describe their experiences with similar types of surgery.

Last edited by AUSTRALIANguy; 10-20-2007 at 08:42 AM.

 
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