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Offline Dan K

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Deviated Septum / Septoplasty anyone? Snoring procedures?
« on: June 11, 2014, 06:07:08 PM »
In about 2006, I had a majorly deviated septum corrected. I believe the doc took a little of the tissue from the turbinate, which is the mucosy tissue in your nose.

THe day of the surgery, my dad had a heart attack, so I wasn't home resting - was in another hospital (he's OK, and in really good shape).  Regardless, 8 years later, I snore like a banshee and still can't breath really well from my nose. Wife hates the snoring, so I went to see a specialist.  TUrns out - I still have a deviated septum. Right side is basically blocked. Covered my left nostril - can't breath enough to survive. Left side isn't bad.

SO - I'm having surgery again.  WHich brings me to my question:

Do any of you know what would cause an initial septoplasty to fail? Did the original doc screw it up? Did it just not heal right? Would love some input on that.

ALSO - while having surgery, should I be looking at additional procedures for the snoring? Anyone have whats called a pillar procedure done? Or a somnoplasty where they remove some tissue from your soft palette and your uvula? I need to ask the doc a few more questions, but I didn't really even consider the idea of another septum surgery...

All input appreciated, even nonsense.

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Re: Deviated Septum / Septoplasty anyone? Snoring procedures?
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2014, 08:19:57 PM »
Deviated septums can recur any any of a number of reasons.  Redos do occur.  Snoring is generally a different problem from deviated septum.  Lots of things including overweight, short, thick neck, excess tissue related to soft palate and uvula, and more. Fixing it may require surgery, But many people can get by with CPAP machines

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Re: Deviated Septum / Septoplasty anyone? Snoring procedures?
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2014, 08:42:11 PM »
I can testify that CPAP machines DO stop snoring.

I have a lesser apnea and snored awfully. With the CPAP, I no longer wake the dead and sleep more soundly as well.
It may take a short time to get used to, but in my opinion, it is worth it.
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Re: Deviated Septum / Septoplasty anyone? Snoring procedures?
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2014, 08:51:57 PM »
I had a sleep study a few years ago and don't have apnea, and I'm a light sleeper and have no desire to try that machine. Father in law uses it and I just don't ever see it happening. Ever.

Maybe the breathing better will help. Definitely looking forward to that.
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Re: Deviated Septum / Septoplasty anyone? Snoring procedures?
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2014, 01:07:44 AM »
I had mine fixed years ago. Nose wasn't very crooked, but I had breathing troubles.

I had 100% airflow on one side and maybe about 50% on the other.

Now, both nostrils are equally constricted, maybe 75% on each.

Not bad if everything is perfect, but as soon as I get even a little cold, it's a problem.

I'd get it done again, but the surgery and recovery were such a bitch, I'm not gonna do that ever again if I can help it.
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Re: Deviated Septum / Septoplasty anyone? Snoring procedures?
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2014, 01:51:19 PM »
My left nostril needs a cold air intake.  8)  It collapses with anything more than normal breathing. Any activity that requires more than normal breathing is kinda of a pain in the butt.
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