Initially, packing which was one of the most widely used procedures after sinus surgery proved to expose victims to high risks of discomfort. Splints were normally used after surgery after which they were to be removed after sometime. They are normally designed in such a way that they allow air to pass through into and out of the nose with minimal discomfort. Removing sinus surgery splints is not a difficult task. It takes less than a minute.
There are very may types of sinus surgery splints which are made for a wide range of applications. This variation not only depends on the size of the splint but also the material from which the splint has been made from. Each type of splint comes with its own advantages and disadvantages and it’s upon the surgeon to choose the most appropriate sinus surgery splints to be used. Some of the most commonly used splints are made from:
Plastic; there exist in two major forms. There are external and internal nasal splints. They are made of thermoplastic and they are normally cut into sizes which can the patient’s nostril. One advantage of using external sinus surgery splints made from plastic is that they are accompanied with few instances of irritations as compared to the internal ones.
Aluminum; this is another commonly used material to make sinus surgery splints. Just like the plastic ones, there are two major types of aluminum splints; external splints and internal splints. These types of splints come in already predetermined sizes. They offer protections unlike the plastic splints since aluminum is harder as compared to the plastic.
Surgical sinus surgery splints are very important when it comes to any nasal surgery process. This is due to the fact that there is need to keep the nasal cavity open besides reducing the extent to which the patient may bleed during the process. These types of splints are made of soft silicon which can easily be compressed to fit the nose. They are mostly used where excessive bleeding is likely to be experienced.
These sinus surgery splints are mostly used for relatively major surgical procedures. For the case of minor surgical procedures, doctors may decide not to use these splints as there is always no possibility of the internal wall and the septum fusing together since during this process the two might fuse together which may result to other medical complications.
Although there are more than ten types of sinus surgery splints, it is important to consult your surgeon especially after surgery whenever you experience abnormal irritations or you experience difficulty in breathing as the internal wall of the nose and the septum might be in contact making the nose vulnerable to other forms of infections.