Deviated septum

Enough is enough. I think it’s time for surgery. Never been under the knife but the breathing out of my nose is totally fucked from being smashed over the years. Any OGers have septoplasty? How shitty is it? Is it worth it? I have good insurance but I never go to the doc and have no idea how to get the process started.

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Im curious about this myself.

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One of the best things I ever did.

Felt like I was given an extra lung when I resumed BJJ and swimming.

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Depending on your insurance plan. You may need a primary care provider to put in a referral to an ENT specialist. Ideally, you can call different ENT offices and get a visit without a physicians consult. I haven’t had the procedure done but I’ve participated in a lot of them on the anesthesia side. Hour procedure and you’ll be good to go… recovery can suck though.

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Sucked for a week then it was totally worth it.

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They now can do ballon septoplasty. Its fairly new and a fraction of the recovery from them slicing you open. They stick a ballon in , blow it up, whamo, fixed septum.

Not to be confused with sinusplasty.

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Hate having to do blow with one nostril… I get blood boogers for a week after.

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Had it done last year. Had never breathed out of both nostrils before so decided to get it fixed. Recovery wasn’t painful at all, just uncomfortable at times. My son actually hit me in the nose twice (by accident) while recovering, still no big deal.
Pro tip: if you have to sneeze while recovering, keep your mouth wide open. But if you forget this, no worries, you’ll only make that mistake once.

Uncanny. Hurts my feelings it’s so uncanny. Fuck :joy:

Been there back in my heyday. No bueno.

I’ve had three

I’ve had 3 and could use a 4th but I’m over it.

All the surgeries I had were fairly easy. There wasn’t much pain after day 1 but there is a discomfort from the splint inside of your nose that is a pain in the ass.

Your first step would be to see an ENT for an exam. They’ll most likely schedule a CT scan to see if there is anything else going on. I’d your doc recommends a turbinate reduction or removal proceed with caution. You do not want empty nose syndrome.