Septoplasty on the NHS

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I was wondering what it takes to get a septoplasty on the NHS.I have a deviated septum and suffer from constant sinusis, dry nostril etc. Its been going on for many years and all I want is to be able to live my days (and nights) to be able to breathe. However, I've been to the doctors a couple of times and was told I cant get it done and to open my purse. That made me feel like I'm some scrounger taking advantage of the nhs but I swear it's the complete opposite I want to be able to breathe and smell. It has really depressed me out.

I know people that have had it done and just cant help but wonder why I keep getting refused?
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I had septoplasty done by NHS when I broke my nose and deviated my septum during a rugby match. It did take 12 months of convincing to finally get an op done because they do drag it on but just keep saying you cant sleep and have difficulty breathing and stuff
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(Original post by Gargantua)
I had septoplasty done by NHS when I broke my nose and deviated my septum during a rugby match. It did take 12 months of convincing to finally get an op done because they do drag it on but just keep saying you cant sleep and have difficulty breathing and stuff
Thank you for your reply. Everytime I think about going to the doctors I get put off thinking they will fob me off. I'm waiting for the doctors to open properly and will pay them a visit. Fingers crossed this time x
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Request a referral to an ENT specialist. I was referred to an ENT at 14 and they found mine was almost completely closed over and then got the letter through for the operation at 18. How did you find out you have a deviated septum?
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Request a referral to an ENT specialist. I was referred to an ENT at 14 and they found mine was almost completely closed over and then got the letter through for the operation at 18. How did you find out you have a deviated septum?
I did ask for a referral but the doctor said that I need to open my purse. My nostril is bent and my nose is tilting to one side. I feel like it's getting worse over the years and past few years I've been hearing a low humming noise in my right ear. Told another doctor and he just laughed and said it's nothing to worry about.
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(Original post by Frostedsnowflake)
I did ask for a referral but the doctor said that I need to open my purse. My nostril is bent and my nose is tilting to one side. I feel like it's getting worse over the years and past few years I've been hearing a low humming noise in my right ear. Told another doctor and he just laughed and said it's nothing to worry about.
Doesn't really mean you have a deviated septum then, your nose could just be a bit wonky, you never actually know until they stick a camera up there. Your best bet is paying for a private ENT initial consultation which will be about £250 and then they will refer you onto their NHS list and you'll go through the whole process much quicker because the initial consultation is always the big wait. GP's will probably fob you off if you go in saying you have a deviated septum as opposed to saying you're having sinus issues because people who self diagnose are seen as batty
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Doesn't really mean you have a deviated septum then, your nose could just be a bit wonky, you never actually know until they stick a camera up there. Your best bet is paying for a private ENT initial consultation which will be about £250 and then they will refer you onto their NHS list and you'll go through the whole process much quicker because the initial consultation is always the big wait. GP's will probably fob you off if you go in saying you have a deviated septum as opposed to saying you're having sinus issues because people who self diagnose are seen as batty
I do have sinus problems and have been using a spray or sudafed for a while but it doesnt really help. I'll try again if not I'll go through private
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(Original post by Frostedsnowflake)
I do have sinus problems and have been using a spray or sudafed for a while but it doesnt really help. I'll try again if not I'll go through private
Yes but sinus problems don't always mean deviated septum, it could be anything
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I'm going through the exact same thing as you. I was referred to ENT straight away by my GP and I'm just on the waiting list now. If I were you I'd speak to a different doctor and get a second opinion. I've made sure to let my GP know how this is affecting me mentally and how it's ruining my quality of life. I completely understand your pain and it's horrific to go through.
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