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Dcr (Dacryocystorhinostomy)

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What do I need to know about DCR?

DCR is surgery to open a blocked tear duct. During surgery, a new path is created from the inner corner of your eye into your nose. This helps tears drain directly into your nose.

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How do I prepare for DCR?

What will happen during DCR?


What will happen after DCR?

Gauze may be placed below your nose to catch any blood or fluid that comes out. You may have an ice pack on your nose. The inside of your nose may be packed with gauze to decrease bleeding. You may have bruising or swelling around your nose or eye.

What are the risks of DCR?

You may bleed more than expected or develop an infection. You may have a permanent surgery scar if your surgeon made an incision. Tissue in your nose may fuse together. A tube used to keep the new duct open may fall out or move out of place. Surgery may not work, and you may continue to have watery eyes.

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