Nasal Septum Reconstruction

Nasal Septum Reconstruction - Nasal Septum Reconstruction

Septoplasty

Many patients present to our office with concerns over the appearance of the nose, which may appear to be bent or with a large hump. Nasal reconstruction surgery not only corrects this deviated septum (nose bone), but the outcome can result in an ability to have a heightened sense of smell, with less nasal infections. The procedure is done through the nostrils, through which pieces of cartilage and bone are removed, followed by the nose being repositioned and sutured in place. Post operatively, patients are encouraged to rest and keep from physical overexertion for approximately one week.

Pre / Post Operative Instructions For Septoplasty

General Instructions

  • Take medicine as prescribed for pain. Do not take aspirin or aspirin products for one week after surgery.
  • Change moustache dressing as needed to protect clothing from blood, but do not remove any packing if present.
  • Do not sleep in a position that puts pressure on the nose. Sleep on your back.
  • Elevate the head of your bed for 2 weeks after surgery to reduce swelling.
  • Do not place anything in your nose. Do not blow your nose for 2 weeks. Do not remove any stitches on your nose.

Normal Problems

  • You may have difficulty breathing through your nose for a few weeks after surgery.
  • Headache & pain around the eyes can be alleviated with medication.
  • Thin, bloody drainage, which lessons and stops within a few days.

Abnormal Problems

  • Fever of greater than 101 degrees that does not respond to fluids & Tylenol.
  • Foul odor or pus coming from the nose.
  • IF EXCESSIVE BLEEDING SHOULD OCCUR, CALL THE OFFICE IMMEDIATELY AND GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM.

Diet

  • After surgery, have only liquids for the rest of the day. Advance to regular diet on the next day.

Cast

  • If there is a cast on your nose, do not remove it or get it wet.