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Old 03-20-2012, 12:22 PM   #1
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Septoplasty & Turbinectomy

Hi, I wonder if anyone has had a similar problem to me? Last May I started to notice my breathing was getting harder and I felt like I couldnt get enough air in. I was diagnosed with Rhinitis and swollen turbinates and after several months of trying different medications from various anti-histamines and steroids I had surgery two months ago. It was decided that as none of the meds worked it was best to do a turbinectomy and septoplasty. Yesterday I went to see my consultant and explained to him that my symptoms have not improved at all so the surgery has not worked - I am still finding it hard to breath through my nose and it feels very stuffy all the time. He has prescribed some more Flixonase steroid drops and said if these dont work then the only other thing to try is actually trimming back the turbinates. (I just had them cauterised in my recent op). So I am looking for anyone else who has had a similar problem and may be able to suggest something to help me as I am really fed up with this now! Thanks...

 
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Re: Septoplasty & Turbinectomy

i had a turbinate reduction back in 1986...it was the best thing i ever did...i also had 2 bone spurs removed from my nose also,and my septum straightened. Previous to that, i had trouble breathing thru my nose, and nothing helped. I found myself addicted to nasal sprays and ended up with rebound congestion. After many sleepless nites i finally had the surgery done...im sure they've improved upon things since '86 but at that time i had to keep the packing in my nose for 5 days and that wasnt pleasant but once the packing was removed and he suctioned out the dried crud i found it MUCH easier to breathe. Good luck to you!

 
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Old 03-21-2012, 04:37 AM   #3
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Re: Septoplasty & Turbinectomy

Hi, Thanks so much for your message and good to hear the op worked for you. My op was two months ago now so the consultant believes if it hasnt worked by now it isnt going to so he wants me to go back on the Flixonase steroid drops again tos ee if they help shrink the turbinates. My septum is straight now and the turbinates have shrunk back a bit but claerly not enough as I am still finding it hard to get air through my nose and just mouth breath at night when its even worse. Very frustrating!!

 
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Re: Septoplasty & Turbinectomy

I think if they actually trim them back you will breathe better...thats what they did with mine, i didnt have them cauterized..Good luck and keep me posted!

 
Old 03-22-2012, 11:02 AM   #5
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Re: Septoplasty & Turbinectomy

Interesting, thats what the consultant suggested as the next option. Thanks for your help - much appreciated.

 
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