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Old 03-17-2010, 01:28 AM   #1
 
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5 months ago I had breathing difficulties and underwent a revision rhinoplasty using rib cartilege.. My nose is still swollen and the nose is too open, too dry, inflamed, and irritated.I am suffering with pain and throbbing, have difficulty sleeping and exercising makes it hurt. Cold air causes me pain. I have tried Motrin, Tylenol, humidifier, steam in shower. I have no mucous and the turbinets on one nostril are very small. This is having a very bad effect on me, physically and psychologically. I am told I should wait 7 more months for the swelling to go down. The rib grafts can be seen on the side of my nose and I do not look as pretty as before the surgery.

What should I do. - I know I have to wait till a year is up before doing any more surgery. Should I have the rib graft removed. Why do the grafts swell up when I exercise?

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Old 03-17-2010, 01:40 AM   #2
 
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I remember after I had my turbinate reduction I was miserable. Air felt too cold, my nose felt too dry, too open. But after a several months those symptoms went away and now I breathe better than before the surgery. I would definitely give it some time if I were you your issues may resolve on their own. I was definitely quite sore 5 months after rhino, too.

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Old 03-17-2010, 06:37 PM   #3
 
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I posted the following back in 11-09:

"You should never mess with turbinates, as they serve a major function ... warming the air that you are inhaling, that then goes into your lungs. Some doctors do remove them if they are swollen, but it is a bad idea.

One of my medical websites states the following: 'Removing turbinates is a bad idea. If you did, you would have dryness, crusting and sensations of burning pain. Doctors have therefore come up with various ways to reduce the blockage of your nasal passages without removing your turbinates and their cilia.' "

Rib grafts are tricky and not for the long term. Mr. Z (senior forum member) would be an excellent person for you to discuss this with. Why not post some pre-op and post-op pics to help the forum members assess your situation better?

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Old 07-02-2010, 09:26 AM   #4
 
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I would get a second opinion asap. Dr. Samuel Lam is also known to do rhinoplasties and gives his patient problems so she/he has to rely on a nasal spray 24/7....and the worst part is she doesn't look better but the same!!

Who has a nose job just to look the same and have trouble breathing? I don't get that honestly...try seeing another ps or even an otolaryngologist and find out what he has to say. I wouldn't go back to this doctor for revisions done if I were you.

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Wait, so is rib cartilage a big no no? Alot of drs are saying my revision will most likely need rib...

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Is Ear cartilage ok?

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