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Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR)

A OCR is an operation to enable the tears to flow naturally from the eye into the nose. A blockage in the nasolacrimal system is usually in the duct which travels deep inside the nose. The operation bypasses this blockage and makes a new opening higher in the nose. The procedure is performed using cameras inside the nasal cavity. If the nasal septum / cartilage is bent this may need to be straightened first to enable the cameras to get into the nose appropriately.

Once the procedure is performed silastic tubes maybe placed in the tear duct system. All that you will notice is a tiny clear line in the corner of the eye. The other end will be in the nose and this will be removed after approximately 2 weeks. This is a simple process.

What to expect after the operation:

  1. 1st Week
    • Mucoid discharge, at times blood stained.
    • The nose is quite blocked for this period.
    • Blowing of the nose is not advised.
    • The tip of the nose can be tender, but it is more discomfort than pain.
  2. 2nd Week
    • Discharge dries up, some crusting can form.
    • The airways slowly clear.
    • There may be a smell in the nose at this time.
  3. 3rd Week - 8th Week
    • Airways continue to clear steadily and progressively.

If you have any concerns after discharge, please call our rooms on 9388 7474.


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