Septoplasty Aftercare and Risks Involved

If you suffer from a deviated septum, your ENT specialist would have suggested a septoplasty. If you are going to undergo this procedure in the near future, you may be wondering on the necessary after care of the surgery and risks involved. This article will elaborate on the above two issues.

Surgery Aftercare

Septoplasty patient with bandages after surgery

After your septoplasty, you will usually be sent home on the same day itself or in certain cases, the next day morning. The dressings inside your nose will be removed before you leave.  Before you leave, you will be provided with detailed information and instructions to prevent trauma to the nose.

The first thing you should keep in mind is that your head should be kept in an elevated position for the first 24-48 hours after the surgery. Additionally you will be forced to breath from your mouth while the packing in your nose is present.

Small discharges of blood are common so no need to worry if you notice it. But if excessive bleeding occurs, report it to your doctor immediately. Antibiotics will only be prescribed if the nasal packing is to remain for more than 24 hours. Painkillers may be provided (most patients do not suffer from significant amounts of pain) if you feel severe amounts of pain. You will also be advised to place an ice pack on your nose to enhance the comfort level during recovery. If splints have been placed inside the nose to give it structural support, they will usually be removed 7-10 days after the surgery.


Risks Involved

As with any surgery, risks will be present. Some of the risks are:

  • Post operative pain
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Discoloration
  • Allergic reactions to anesthetics

This operation in itself is of relatively low risk since it involves no major blood vessel or vital organ. As long as proper sterile conditions are maintained, surgical techniques are followed, no infection will occur. In rare cases a septal perfusion and leakage of cerebrospinal fluid may be present. Additionally if the deviated septum relapses, additional surgery may be required.


Author: Perumal G.

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