Septoplasty and Turbinate Reduction


Postoperative Expectations/ Instructions:

  • Discomfort: Levels vary from patient to patient. You will receive a prescription for narcotic pain medication. Discomfort usually dissipates once the splints inside the nose are removed; therefore one week off work is usually sufficient.
  • Bleeding: You may experience some bloody discharge, which is normal postoperatively. Use a gauze pad under your nose to collect the blood. It’s not uncommon to change 3 gauze pads an hour until the next day. If you are concerned, please call.  If packing has been used in your nose to control bleeding, please ask your physician how long it needs to stay in. Drink plenty of liquids to stay hydrated.
  • Diet: Start with clear liquids, advance to soft and then a general diet as tolerated.
  • What not to do: No nose blowing, sneeze only with your mouth open to prevent shifting of the septum during this critical period of healing. No aspirin or ibuprofen for a week after the surgery unless another doctor insists that you need it. No contact sports, and try not to bump your nose for 2 weeks while the healing takes place. Complete healing usually takes up to 6 months to occur but most of the strength of healing occurs in the first couple of weeks.
  • Irrigation: You will receive an information sheet explaining how to create and use a mixture for irrigation. You may also use store bought saline spray.  You will need to irrigate your nose 4-5 times a day. Begin irrigating the morning after surgery, as it is critical to the healing process.
  • Fever: Contact our office with any temperature of 102° F or higher.
  • Activity: Light activity for one week. No lifting over 10 pounds.
  • Follow up: Follow up in about 5-7 days for splint removal.  As always, call with questions, problems, or concerns.