Tracheal tube as a nostril splint
I had revision septorhinoplasty 3.5 weeks ago. According to my surgeon, my nose was rather complex. I had collapsed nostrils and a mishaped tip that he corrected using cartilage grafts from my ear and temporal fascia. I did not have any internal or external splints. Right after surgery, my left nostril quickly swelled shut (my right one was fine). During my first follow up 10 days later, it was still swollen, but my surgeon said it was swelling and should go down. Today, I had my second follow-up (25 days post-op). My nostril is still completely swollen shut (pic attached). So, as a solution, my surgeon cut a piece of endotracheal tubing (6.5cm) and shoved it up my nostril (which was extremely painful). He told me to keep it up there as much as possible, which would help my nostril avoid "scarring together". While it did the job of opening up my nostril, I'm kind of worried about what its lasting effects might be. Is it common to use a trachea tube as a way to splint the nostril? Because it's rounded, i'm worried it being pushed up against my rather sensitive, newly worked on septum might cause a permanent dent in the cartilage. Additionally, the size of the tubing makes me worry that my nostril will be stretched way too big. Any thoughts/opinion you might be able to provide on this, I'd be grateful! I'm just really scared. As this is my third revision, I just really want it to go right.
3rdTimeACharm March 16th, 2016 QLD