Mar
2014

Q&A: Can anything correct how my face swells with pain after rhinoplasty?

Ask A Doctor Question: 

had a rhinoplasty, and the superior turbinate, and the middle turbinate were by passed and my fills with mucus and my face swells with pain. Is there anything that can be done to correct this problem.

- Patricia

Answer: 

Barry L Eppley, M.D., D.M.D. - LocateADoc.com

In a rhinoplasty in which simultaneous nasal airway management is done, the middle and superior turbinates are rarely treated. Most commonly only the inferior turbinate is reduced/removed. Thus they were not bypassed per se. The inferior turbinates are much bigger than the middle and superior turbinates and are the more frequent source of nasal airway obstruction. They can be treated secondarily  and you should see your surgeon in followup to determine if they are contributing to your current facial symptoms.
 

--Barry L Eppley, M.D., D.M.D.
Carmel, IN

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