What is Empty Nose Syndrome?
Otolaryngology has its share of curiosities, from loss of smelling ability to an endless number of found objects in the sinuses.
But Empty Nose Syndrome, or ENS, is somewhat different: a chronic and deeply upsetting disorder that seems to have no clear biological origin:
Although there is much speculation that the disorder is hysterical in nature, or rooted in mental rather than physical health, others aren’t so sure. As one expert noted:
“The common thread for people who’ve had surgery is that they’ve had really aggressive surgery,” Payne said about the research he has done on ENS. He believes some aggressive nose surgeries create nerve damage inside the nose of the patients, which in turn interferes with their breathing.
Few psychological issues arise in a vacuum, and fewer still arrive during an absolute point of inception. That several patients have experienced this suffocating sensation immediately after surgery suggests that its origin may well be physical, if unknown.
My advice: be very conservative with sinus surgery procedures, and stick with known experts who show significant restraint in the operating room.