Okay, so two weeks ago, I met with my consultant so she could check out how my nose was healing post-surgery.
(If you don’t know what I’m talking about, it will probably make sense for you to go read part 1, 2.1 and 2.2 first).
Consultants last words:
My consultant checked my nose, checking each side. I told her I was still finding it very difficult to breathe and that it had not helped or made a difference post-surgery.
She told me that the surgery was…
My cartilage had just shifted right back to where it originally was. I was devastated to be honest. Before I saw her, I wasn’t sure if my nose still was swollen because breathing had not improved, but it had been two months, so of course swelling must have gone down.
I feel like my breathing is worse now than it was before I had the surgery but not by much – perhaps, I’m more aware of it now because of course I expected a better outcome.
What happens next?
My consultant is referring me to another consultant. I am able to have another surgery; however, I will need to wait about a year for the tissue to heal properly before they go back in.
Next time, I won’t be having septoplasty, instead, they will have to carry out septo-rhinoplasty which will be more like a nose job. I’m kind of nervous about that whole idea, but I’m glad it will be free as I literally just want to be able to breathe normally.
Do I regret having a septoplasty?
Not at all. Just because it didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it won’t work for others.
I’m really glad that the doctors chose the most minor procedure for me to have in hope that it would correct my issue. Even though it didn’t work, I think it was the right decision to go ahead with first. At least, now I know that I tried the least invasive method and now I have to/can try the next step up.
At the end of the day, my surgery is for functionality purposes. So, due to this, I must move on and accept that this didn’t work. Maybe the next one will.
I don’t know how long it will take to get that sorted. But let me know if you’re interested in my next potential journey: Septo-rhinoplasty to correct a deviated septum.