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Has anyone had this operation for a "deviated septum" in the nose? It's suppossed to help me breathe easier when I sleep. I had the operation two days ago and was told that I can't play my saxophones for two-three weeks.

Has anybody had any long term effects of this operation on their sax playing?
 

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Yup, I had it, along with some sinus surgery at the same time. Did you get the splints in your nose? You'll really enjoy seeing how long those things are when they take them out.

I wasn't playing at the time, so I can't comment on any long term effects I experienced. But I would think the effects might tend to be positive, since your nasal passages probably serve as a resonating chamber for your sound and they will be more open. But take your doc's advice and take it easy so things have plenty of time to heal.

I also had somnoblasty to reduce my snoring. They basically burn the roof of your mouth. The scar tissue hardens the soft tissue that vibrates when you sleep so that it doesn't vibrate as easily. This one might be more problematic for your playing, since your oral cavity might be a little less flexible. But I"m just guessing on both counts.

Ah, the good old days...

Take it easy Lee and I hope you are feeling - and playing - better soon.
 

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Yeah and it helped greatly my breathing via the nose. I use to get all clogged up. The benefit didn't completely hold though for me after a few years. It's still better than it was, but I may need another look at it by my surgeon.

It's worth a try
 

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Yea, I have those splints in my nose right now. They come out on Monday. I'm really surprised that they can do an operation like that so quickly.

I'll lay off the horns for two weeks and see how I feel.
 

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Nasal reconstruction

Can anyone help me?My husband has to go through a third operation. Does anyone knows an excellent surgeon in nasal reconstruction?
 

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12 ops for nasal polyps, etc. (sadly, all too true) but not a SMR as Inauman has had. My experience is that it is best to leave it for three weeks and then, as others report, the tone will be very much clearer than before the op. Long term effects other than improved tone (and breathing!): none.
 

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Anyone know an excellent nasal reconstruction surgeon?
Vale...., I just chose an Ear Nose and Throat Specialist that was in my insurance network. The operation that I had is very common. I do not know about nasal reconstruction though.

Well it has been over three weeks since I had this operation and my breathing passages in my nose a little clearer. I seem to be sneezing more now. I have to be careful to sneeze through my mouth, because it could take up to six months to heal in there.

I am experiencing frequent headaches and stiff necks which may or not be related to this type of operation. These ailments might be more life style and stress (work) related.


At this point my sax playing is limited.
 

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Re: Nasal reconstruction

Can anyone help me?My husband has to go through a third operation. Does anyone knows an excellent surgeon in nasal reconstruction?
I know the question is for somebody you want to use, but this is just as helpful if you can avoid a bad doc. I never post, but read mostly to see what may be going on since i left the biz, but thought I'd respond even though this is an old post. I've a neighbor that had a very bad experience with a Doc at UCLA a few years ago for a sinus problem. Since so many people in music in one way or another can come to LA I thought I'd mention it because this poor guy was never the same after. He left LA less than a year later i think because he didn't really recover from what I recall. I e-mailed him to be sure i knew the right name and he told me some more things I didn't even know and were a bit technical, but I understood enough to get the picture of what he was describing was a quack w/a knife. He is a really good chap, so I've always felt he should have had someone one at UCLA do the right thing and make sure he was able to recover properly. The doctor was Jeffrey Rawnsley, but the way UCLA let the poor guy suffer after that guy did the surgery had to involve others too, Anyway - be careful
 

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It is a year later. I was skeptical about the operation at first, but my sinuses are a little clearer these days. Now when I get stuffiness, it's on my right nostril where as before it was on my left.

Except for time lost, the operation did not effect my sax playing.

Now, sleep deprivation can cause various problems, like feeling too tired (all the time) to even want to play….

If anyone from the Lehigh Valley, PA area wants the name of my ENT specialist, PM me.
 
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