Advanced search

Mumsnet hasn't checked the qualifications of anyone posting here. If you have medical concerns, please seek medical attention; if you think your problem could be acute, do so immediately. Even qualified doctors can't diagnose over the internet, so do bear that in mind when seeking or giving advice.

anyone here had surgery to correct a deviated septum?

(11 Posts)
mamalovesmojitos Sat 01-Nov-08 16:45:10

i visited a specialist to discuss having an op about 6 years ago. i was a bit nervous at the time of the risks and chickened out.

however i am so sick of my nose at this stage. it drives me crazy. is the op worth it?

TheBlonde Sat 01-Nov-08 18:00:48

if it works yes
I've had 2 attempts but mine is still deviated

no pain involved so I may have a third go but I'd use a different surgeon

MorticiaDoom Sat 01-Nov-08 18:09:46

No it's not worth it in my opinion. Hurt like hell, made my nose even wonkier, didn't sort out the problems breathing through it or the snoring.

mamalovesmojitos Sat 01-Nov-08 20:08:40

thanks for the replies. smile

oh god. morticiadoom your post suits your name wink

cant believe it made it worse! you poor thing. theblonde has yours improved much? and, superficial i know, did it make your nose straighter on the outside?

are there particular characteristics that make you more likely to be a succesful candidate?

i don't think i was born with one, but i broke my nose when i was 8.

Winetimeisfinetime Sat 01-Nov-08 20:17:19

I had the op booked and chickened out as I kept reading things that put me off.

I'm sure it must be great when it works and you can breathe properly but I was afraid of risking that the op could end up actually making things worse especially as my dr was going to reduce my turbinates { ?} and I read alot about people that had had too much taken away and ended up with something called 'empty nose syndrome'

TheBlonde Sat 01-Nov-08 20:50:16

I had the bump shaved off mine and the outside straightened - that bit worked fine

The fear is they take too much of your septum away and then you end up with a collapsing nose like coke addicts

mamalovesmojitos Sat 01-Nov-08 21:13:22

oh god. it all sounds a bit scary. crap crap.

thanks for the info thought people. anyone else with more opinions please post! i was really hoping it would be the answer to my prayers.

BlackberryCrumble Sat 01-Nov-08 21:21:14

I had my bilateral deviated septum corrected about 15 years ago and it 90% cured my constant headaches and sinus infections. Was a bit bruised but not in pain for a week or so and couldn't go out for 2 weeks in case of picking up a cold etc but it was worth doing. It's still a weak spot when I get a cold and I do tend to get quite congested but it only lasts for the 7-10 days not all winter!! Hope this helps you. I'd really recommend it.

BlackberryCrumble Sat 01-Nov-08 21:24:47

Didn't make it straighter on the outside though!!! I wish. grin

BlackberryCrumble Sat 01-Nov-08 21:25:48

Didn't make it straighter on the outside though!!! I wish. grin

mamalovesmojitos Sat 01-Nov-08 22:05:55

ooh sounds good blackberrycrumble. thanks for sharing your experience, sounds fantastic.

i'll have to go back to the doc and have a chat i think. weigh up risks v benefits.

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, watch threads, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now »

Already registered? Log in with: