Septoplasty is a surgical procedure also known as deviated septum surgery that is done to help in correcting a deviated septum. Deviated septum is a condition in which the nasal septum, the thin cartilage separating both nostrils equally, is deviated to one side, making one nostril narrower than the other nostril. Not all cases of deviated septum require deviated septum surgery. Only those deviated septum cases that cause symptoms, such as breathing problems through the nose, recurrent nasal infections, ear infections, headache, fever, nosebleed, nasal congestion, and nasal tenderness. When a person with deviated septum suffers symptoms, he or she may be recommended to undergo deviated septum surgery.
Recovery Time of Septoplasty
One major concern of people that are recommended to undergo septoplasty is the procedure’s recovery time. Recovery time of septoplasty varies, and in fact, there are a lot of different factors that can affect the recovery time. Normally, recovery time for septoplasty will range from 1 week to 2 weeks. On the 1st week post septoplasty, it may be stressful and the patient must take extra caution in everything he or she does. If safety measures and precautionary measures are carefully followed, healing time of septoplasty will not be affected.
Factors that Affect Recovery Time: Bleeding
One of the most common complications of septoplasty is bleeding. Bleeding in small amounts can be normal after any surgical procedures, however, if the bleeding is excessive and persists for days, you should see your doctor right away. Excessive bleeding can be life-threatening and should be taken seriously. Bleeding can be caused by engaging in strenuous physical activities or even blowing the nose after septoplasty. Bleeding will just mean that the wounds internally haven’t healed yet.
Factors Affecting Recovery Time: Infection and Swelling
If there is infection, there will most likely be swelling. The risk of developing infections is high after any surgical procedures. Even though the risk of infection after septoplasty is rare, the risk is still there. Proper care to the surgical site should be properly done to prevent bacterial growth that can lead to infection. Infected wounds will just heal longer and can possibly lead to sepsis (infection in the blood), which is harder to treat and can be life-threatening.
Speed Up Recovery Time of Septoplasty
The most important thing to do to speed up and do not cause any delay to the healing time after septoplasty is proper care to the incision site and following all instructions by the doctor. Clean the wound regularly and never do any strenuous activities and blowing of the nose until all the wounds have completely healed. And always keep your doctor updated about your present condition.