Post Op Rhinoplasty- Contd.
Immediate Post Op.
After waking up from anesthesia, you will be taken to a post op recovery station where specially trained nurses look after you for the first 12 hrs. Your vital signs-BP, Pulse, ECG, and Respiration etc are closely monitored. You will not be given any thing to drink first 3-4 hours but if you feel mouth dry, small sips of water are given to wet your mouth.
After 3 hrs, you will be given clear water; soft drinks etc and after wards may be some ice cream as a bonus! Evening you will be allowed to eat soft diet like porridge, rice, bread etc.
Once you are up and about, you will be shifted to your own room.
The Post operative ward in Jubilee Hospital is well equipped and highly trained nurses are available.
Post Op Instructions
Nasal Packing: I use Merocel â€“Compressed gel-for internal nasal pack. This will be removed after 24-48hrs. With packing in place, you will have to breathe through your mouth, and you will have somewhat more swelling than usual.
Internal Silastic Splint- A small splint will be placed inside the nose. This keeps the septum in place, and removed after 5-7 days time.
External Thermpolastic Splint. The splint put on your nose at the end of surgery is intended to provide protection, serving as a sort of small external skeleton. It will be removed in 7 days time.
Sleeping: Keeping your head (and nose) elevated tends to reduce swelling. If possible, sleep on two or three pillows.
Bleeding: After surgery, some oozing and bleeding usually occurs for a day or two, and crusting dried blood will collect in the nostrils.
Nasal blockage:You may also feel extremely stuffed-up after nose surgery. The challenge here is that you should not blow your nose for at least one week. Decongestants may help relieve your stuffiness.
Bruising: There will be some bruising and swelling in the days and weeks after your nose surgery. You may even develop two black eyes. Try applying cold compresses on the sore areas. I usually give Dexamethazone and Enractin the first day.
Be careful washing your face and make sure to apply sun screen if you go out in the sun. Your nose will be very sensitive for a while after your Rhinoplasty.
Post of the swelling resolves within two weeks and the rest tends to go away within a month, but it can take up to 3-6 months for all the residual swelling to abate. Be patient.
You can likely return to work within 10-14 days after having Rhinoplasty.
For more information and appointment:
Please call 0471-2334561/62/63/64, 6452020,407822 Fax-0471-2330925
Clinic hours: Mon-Wed-Friday (8AM -1 PM)
Operation Days: Tue-Thu-and Saturdays (8AM-4PM)
To reach Jubilee Hospital: jubileehospitaltrivandrum