Case study – Katherine
*Individual results may vary.
What was your initial reason to see Dr Jason Roth?
I had a lot of trouble breathing through my nose and was also getting quite a few sinus infections.
Please describe how this condition affected your daily life?
The breathing problems affected my sleep – making me wake up 2-3 times a night, blood pressure causing dizziness, my effectiveness during high intensity exercise dropped and was getting worse, and overall tiredness due to lack of energy. After exercising, my ears would become blocked and sore. I would also end up getting sick quite a bit (4 times a year for approx. 2 weeks each time).
Please describe the consultation process prior to surgery:
Consultation was incredibly easy. The steps I needed to take prior to surgery were very straight-forward and I felt comfortable asking questions I felt I needed to know in regards to the whole process.
Please describe your recovery period after surgery:
Recovery was a lot easier that I had initially expected, and not nearly as painful as I thought it would be. I followed the steps very closely, making sure I kept up with the cleaning process, taking medication when required, and sleeping propped up. The first four days required the most cleaning time and I needed to wear gauze under my nose in case blood drained out, and bruising only lasted for five days. I stopped taking pain medication after five days. After the brace was taken off, I then made sure to massage my nose as specified. I was able to comfortably go back to work after 2 weeks as well as light exercise.
Are there any suggestions you would like to pass on to future patients?
Make sure you follow the recovery steps supplied after surgery very closely. It will make recovery a lot quicker and is only a short lifestyle change until you are well enough to get back into your natural routine. Making sure to keep your energy levels up by eating the right foods helps too. If you can, have someone help you out with the first few days when in comes to food intake, as you will have very low energy levels to do it yourself. If not, prepare yourself with meals before the surgery. Try not to spend all day in bed, but rest when required.
Any final comments you would like to make?
This surgery has quite honestly changed my life. I sleep a lot better and rarely wake up in the middle of the night. All other previous symptoms have virtually disappeared, and my mood has also been significantly elevated due to a better quality of life. The very short amount of time recovering is worth it for major life change.
Dr Roth’s comments:
Katherine is a 25 year old who came to see me with a history of longstanding difficulty breathing through her nose. This was her primary concern but she was also interested in having the hump removed from her nose. She requested her nasal tip to be slightly refined as well.
An endoscopic assessment followed by a CT scan revealed Katherine to have a deviated septum and enlarged turbinates but no problems with her sinuses.
We proceeded to an open approach septorhinoplasty and bilateral turbinoplasties. I placed two spreader grafts to add slight width to her breathing through the mid-third of the nose and to add long term stability after reducing her hump. I was very pleased with her result.
Katherine recovered well without any problems. Her post-operative photos at 2 months already show the improvement in her nasal dorsum. There is persistent swelling of her nasal tip area which will improve over the next twelve months. She is most happy with her breathing.
*Individual results may vary.