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Valve collapse and spreader grafts

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Valve collapse and spreader grafts

Postby crystalangel » Thu Oct 01, 2009 1:57 am

I underwent a septorhinoplasty to correct breathing difficulties (in particular valve collapse caused by a previous septoplasty and deviation of the anterior part of my septum which was not corrected at the time of the first septoplasty). At the time of the septorhinoplasty spreader grafts made from my own septal cartliage were placed in both nostrils. Cartliage grafts were also placed at the bottom of each nostril.
However, in spite of this I am still continuing to experience breathing difficultes four months after the surgery. On one side, my nostril wall is still touching the septum and I can not breathe in through this nostril unless I pull laterally on my cheek. As well, both nostrils still significantly "suck inward" when I breathe in.
Does this mean that the grafts were not sufficient to correct my breathing difficulties? Is it possible to have further surgery to reinforce the grafts to fix this problem? Or what else would help to open out my nostrils and prevent them from "sucking inward" on inspiration?
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Re: Valve collapse and spreader grafts

Postby DrNassif » Sat Oct 03, 2009 7:25 pm


Thank you for your inquiry. I would have to examine you in person to give you the best answer as it is difficult to answer specific medical questions over the forum. Please feel free to call the office at 310 275 2467 to schedule a consultation, or email Lisa, my patient care coordinator at lisa@spaldingplasticsurgery.com. You can also send any photos to this email address and I would be happy to take a look at them for you. It is likely the case that the grafts are not functioning but photos for me to review would help me give a better answer. Thank you again.

Dr. Nassif
Paul S. Nassif, MD, FACS
Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Spalding Drive Cosmetic Surgery & Dermatology
120 S. Spalding Dr., Ste 315
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
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