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Post Surgical Nasal Sinus Dysfunction/ENS

Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) | Last Active: Sep 16, 2023 | Replies (28)

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@johnbishop-Hi John. Thank you for asking. I think what you had working in your favor when you met with a Mayo ENT is that they are paid in salary and not by surgeries performed.
Most ENTs go over some of the major risks, but not the more common risks to patients.
The nose is a highly subjective area. ENTs know this. No ENT can visually make adjustments to your nose and know what you will be feeling or how you will be breathing. When dealing with as much as millimeters, there is just no way. Every surgery brings scar tissue. The nose is the worst place you can possibly have scar tissue.
The risks are far too many for the little to no improvement these subjective based surgeries might provide.
To work properly the nose needs to have tight junctions. When these areas are altered and opened, your airway is changed in a way that can not be reversed. This damages your entire respiratory/pulmonary reflex.
Causing damaging effects to the autonomic nervous system.
John-could you share the risks that your ENT covered with you?

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@nrd1, My Mayo ENT basically told me surgery can end up making it worse and end up requiring an additional surgery if there are complications. He went over pretty much the same thing as is described on the Mayo website for septoplasty risks - https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/septoplasty/about/pac-20384670

Since my deviated septum is not life threatening but more bothersome for the quality of life we talked about some options that could improve the breathing. What we are trying now that is working pretty good for allowing me to breath better through both nostrils is a twice a day nasal rinse (morning and evening) followed by 2 sprays in each nostril of a Mayo Clinic proprietary nasal spray. The nasal spray contains Mometasone for inflammation, Ipratropium to reduce nasal drainage and Diphenhydramine an antihistamine to also help reduce nasal drainage. I'm into my 3rd month of using it now and it is working much better than I expected.

Are you have nasal problems from a surgery?