I will be undergoing rhinoplasty surgery and wonder if there is anything that is put into the nose during the surgery, or kept in the nose afterwards that I could be allergic to? I am allergic to many medical related things, antibiotics and latex, for example.

The days of packing the nose after nasal surgery are fortunately over! With today’s less aggressive and more functional techniquee, bleeding and drainage are far less than in the past. With this, the need to fill the nose with uncomfortable packing has ended.

Occasionally, Dr. Hamilton place a very small piece of gauze just inside the nose for the first night. Most patients also have tape and a splint applied to the top of the nose for the first week, but neither of these contain latex. Dr. Hamilton does typically apply bacitracin ointment to the incisions after surgery, so it is important to let us know if you are allergic to that as there are alternatives.

Posted by Mark M. Hamilton M.D. FACS