Septoplasty

Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your caregiver may also give you more specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your caregiver if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • If antibiotic medicines are prescribed, take them as directed. Finish them even if you start to feel better.

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your caregiver.

  • You may clean your nostrils with an over-the-counter nasal saline spray. This will help clear the crusts and blood clots in your nose. You can also make your own saline solution by mixing the following:

  • ½ tsp of salt.

  • ½ tsp of baking soda.

  • 6 oz of water. If the saline solution is too irritating, you can add more water.

  • Do not blow your nose for 2 weeks after surgery.

  • Avoid strenuous activity such as running or playing sports for 2 weeks. This can cause nosebleeds.

  • Do not lift anything heavier than 10 pounds (4.5 kg) for 2 weeks, or as directed by your caregiver.

  • Use a couple pillows to elevate your head when lying down.

  • Eat plenty of fiber to keep your stools soft, especially while taking pain medicine. This avoids straining, which can cause a nosebleed.

  • You may take laxatives or stool softeners as directed by your caregiver.

  • Keep all follow-up appointments as directed by your caregiver. If you have nasal splints, they will be removed about 1 week after surgery.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You develop redness, swelling, or increasing pain in your nose.

  • You have yellowish-white fluid (pus) coming from your nose.

  • You have a severe headache or stiff neck.

  • You have severe diarrhea or persistent nausea and vomiting.

  • You cannot breathe through your nose.

  • You have any questions or concerns.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have a rash or upset stomach.

  • You have a fever.

  • You are short of breath.

  • You develop any reaction or side effects to your medicines.

  • You feel dizzy, or you faint.

  • You have vision changes or swollen eyes.

  • You are bleeding heavily from the nose.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.