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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.

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