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What to Expect During Septoplasty
This surgery repairs a blockage inside the nose caused by a deviated septum. With a deviated septum, there is a problem with the wall that divides the nose into two chambers. A deviated septum may block air coming through one or both nostrils. This makes it harder for you to breathe through your nose. During septoplasty, incisions are made inside the nose. Then cartilage and sometimes bone from the septum are trimmed, reshaped, moved, or removed.
Risks and Possible Complications
As with any surgery, nasal surgery has some risks. These include a slight risk of bleeding or infection. Your doctor will discuss any other risks and complications with you.
After Septoplasty
After septoplasty, you'll be taken to a recovery area or to your hospital room. Your experience may be as follows:
* You'll have gauze bandages or other material (packing) or a plastic splint inside your nose. This reduces bleeding and promotes healing. You may also have dressings (bandages) on the outside of your nose.
* It's normal to have some mucus and blood drain from your nose. Until packing is removed, you may have to breathe through your mouth.
* You may have some swelling or bruising around the eyelids.
* Expect some throat dryness and irritation
* Pain medication will be prescribed as needed. Don't take medication containing aspirin or ibuprofen. These can cause increased bleeding.
You'll need to follow up with your doctor within a week after surgery. Here is what to expect:
* Any packing or dressings will probably be removed.
* After the packing is removed, you'll most likely breathe better than you did before surgery.
* You may have minor numbness, pain, swelling, and a little stiffness under the tip of the nose.
* In a few days, the inside of your nose may swell and briefly block your breathing. Or, a scab or crust may block breathing for a short time. Leave the scab alone. Your doctor can remove it.
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