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I've had a surgery that gutted all natural structure from my nose and replaced it with horrible deformed looking rib grafts. To add insult to injury i was given a hidious alar base reduction.
I knew imediately after surgery that the damage done was beyond repair. I recently spoke to a dr who is known for revising extreme rib surgeries beautifuly and he confirmed that with the medical options available at this time i will never look normal again. As you can imagine i'm miserable.
Has anyone heard anything from rhino doctors about the future of regenerative medicin and tissue engineering? I follow these topics in the news but it has been several years since my surgery and it seems they always say in 10 years time. One doctor I spoke with told me maybe in 15 years they will be able to give patients in need of major reconstruction replacement cartilage and bone that has been grown to size and shape externaly.
I know my case is extreme but I would think this technology would be of interest to anyone who has had significant rib grafting or bone and tissue loss.
I've ceased attemting to fix this mess and only hope that someday there will be better options for people like myself. Any info anyone may have on the topic would be apreciatied. Also if any of you could ask your doctors about when they think they will start using computer technology and tissue engineering to give patients acurate predictable results... it would be much apreciated.
I wish I could give you a better answer regarding tissue engineering, but I'm not an expert on that subject. I am pretty well educated on revisionrhinoplasty, though, and it is very rare when a bad result cannot be made better by a good revision surgeon. Who was the doctor who said that you would never look normal again? Have you seen Menick or Constantian? These doctors build attractive noses for people who have lost their entire nose to cancer or trauma. What makes your case so bad that nobody wants to fix it?
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