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Old 09-16-2010, 11:22 AM   #1
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Question Turbinate laser reduction - re deviated septum

A kneeboard fractured my nose in July and in two weeks I'm getting it fixed.
While the doc is in there, he'll get rid of my dorsal hump, thin my nose, tweak the rest, and reduce my turbinates with a laser.

I have a mild deviated septum on the right. You can look into my nose and see there is barely an opening. I told the doc it always feels like someone is smooshing that side of my nose. I feel like I never fully breathe, and this side is always stuffed up. I have had chronic sinus infections for years and the stuffiness and pain is almost always on that side. I also get related ear infections on that side. I have a concha bullosa in there somewhere too.
Docs (seen for various reasons) don't seem to think my septum is that bad - "nothing to write home about".
I have tried steaming, Prednisone, every allergy and sinus treatment out there, acid reflux meds (to see if it caused sinus trouble), sinus irrigation/rinsing, sprays (OTC and Rx) and anything else you can think of and nothing ever helps. I deal with sinus pain, pressure, etc. every day.

Anyway...this doc says that my septum is deviated in the front but is straight in the back. He said he will just laser my turbinates and doesn't need to fix my septum.

I'm wondering if he is taking the easy way out and thinks this will solve my sinus issues? I am worried good cilia might be killed, or that just lasering turbinates won't help.
I'm wondering if he'll go in there (he says he is going to do a closed reduction for everything) and might see that he needs to do something to the septum.

I think I need to talk to him again. You know how you *think* you covered everything and then a dozen more questions pop into your head lol?

I thought I'd see if anyone could give me their thoughts, opinions, or relate their experience re the above before I talk to him again.

TIA

Last edited by Tango16; 09-16-2010 at 12:01 PM.

 
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