Deviated septum surgery, also known as septoplasty is a surgical procedure that is done to correct a deviated septum. Deviated septum is a condition in which the nasal septum (thin cartilage separating the left and right nostrils equally) is deviated into the one side of the nose, making one nostril narrower than the other. Usually, deviated septum does not require any surgical corrections, since it does not cause any signs and symptoms. However, if the deviated septum is severe, it can cause breathing problems and other symptoms such as recurrent nasal infections, nosebleed, and headaches. For deviated septum that causes signs and symptoms that can affect a person’s daily life, septoplasty may be recommended.
Post Deviated Septum Surgery
During deviated septum surgery (septoplasty), the deviated septum will be straightened or some nasal bones and cartilage will be totally removed. Since there are delicate incisions made inside and outside the nose, there are various contraindications that need to be strictly followed for the first few days to first few weeks, to prevent or decrease risks of complications, and to speed up healing process. One activity that should not be done post deviated septum surgery is exercising or doing strenuous activities.
Difficulty Breathing Post Deviated Septum Surgery
All types of exercise require proper breathing techniques, especially when doing cardio workouts. There are some patients who underwent deviated septum surgery a few days ago find it easy to breathe through their noses. However, it is not advisable or it is not safe to exercise days after deviated septum surgery, for it can cause breathing difficulties, which can possibly strain your body and it can also cause other complications. You can begin exercising at least 14 days after your deviated septum surgery.
Nosebleed Post Deviated Septum Surgery
Since incisions are made within the nose during deviated septum surgery, lifting weights or any other heavy objects should be avoided at all times. Carrying heavy objects can increase blood pressure, which can increase the risk of causing nosebleeds in the unhealed surgical sites. Nosebleeds post deviated septum surgery may lead to life-threatening situations.
Delayed Healing Time Post Deviated Septum Surgery
Exercising, carrying heavy weights, and doing strenuous activities are some of the common causes of a delayed healing time of incision sites of deviated septum surgery and other surgical procedures. Doing such activities can worsen inflammation of the already inflamed incision sites, which will just cause for a longer healing time. To hasten healing time post deviated septum surgery, avoid doing any activities that require physical exertion.