A septoplasty is a surgical procedure that’s often done to fix a deviated nasal septum. A deviated septum may occur when the cartilage which separates your nostrils is in an unusual position. In some cases, this can lead to issues with breathing, nasal pain and discomfort and even nosebleeds. What many people want to know is what to expect after septoplasty surgery.
Here are our top 3 things to expect after septoplasty surgery:
Be prepared for the potential side effect
Septoplasty’s can often come with a number of side effects that you should expect after septoplasty surgery. Whilst these side effects are rare, they can include:
– perforation of your septum
– an altered nose shape
– a discolouration of your nose
– a decrease in your sense of smell.
Make sure you keep the nose area clean after surgery to avoid infection and excess bleeding.
Aiding your recovery
When considering what to expect after septoplasty surgery, it’s important to consider the lifestyle changes and habits that you will have to take on in order to aid and potentially speed up our recovery. Your doctor may ask that you to avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, and other drugs that can thin the blood. Avoiding these particular pain relief medications is done to lower the risk of bleeding after the procedure. However, your surgeon will be able to advise you on the best potential pain relief for you. You may also be advised to limit your physical activity for a number of weeks following your surgery. This will help to reduce the amount of swelling and promote faster healing. You can also speed up your recovery by:
– Elevating your head at night as this can reduce swelling
– Not blowing your nose for at least three days after surgery
– Avoiding shirts that you have to pull over your head and opting for shirts that button up in the front, to avoid catching your nose on the clothing.
Understand your recovery time
One of the things you should expect after septoplasty surgery is the length of time your recovery may take. The surgical wound on your nose will usually heal fairly quickly, causing your breathing to improve shortly after the surgery is completed. However, the overall process for healing can be slow, this is because the cartilage and other nasal tissue can take up to a year to fully settle into its new shape.
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