Nasal surgery, whether for cosmetic and/or reconstructive purposes to correct the consequences of injury and/or improve breathing, and sinus surgery typically will have some compromise in the nasal airway, in the immediate post-operative period. Whether the nose is “ packed” with some tampon, a gauze-like material or even a gel or ointment, it is not likely the airflow will be optimal.
Being wary of patient dissatisfaction, many surgeons do not pack the nose.
Other surgeons value the medical benefits of packing the nose. Yet, “packing”, for better or worse, has gained notoriety and unpopularity because it compromises breathing and no patient likes that.
Surgeons who believe in the value of packing the nose cite the following reasons: