Post Operative Instruction after Septoplasty
Analgesics and Anti Inflammatory Tablets.
You should be prescribed analgesic medication after septoplasty. Take this medication as you need it for pain control, and try not to let the pain increase until it becomes intolerable before you take the medication.
Anti histamine prevents chances of sneezing and further bleeding.
If splints are placed inside your nose, you must take antibiotics until they are removed. This helps prevent any infection. Antibiotics may be prescribed even if nasal splints have not been placed.
Nasal saline two sprays each nostril four times a day for three weeks
Nasal saline serves two purposes. It gently washes away all loose debris such as dried blood to keep the nose clean during the healing process, and it also accelerates healing by maintaining a moist environment in the nose. If you do have splints placed in your nose at the time of surgery, there may be no space inside your nose to spray the saline, so it is generally best to wait until your splints are removed before starting to use nasal saline.
Nasal decongestant such as oxymetazoline
A decongestant decreases the amount of swelling in the nose and can keep the nasal passages open during the healing phase. If you do have splints placed in your nose at the time of surgery, it may be very difficult to have space in your nose to spray this medication, so it is generally best to wait until your splints are removed before starting to use this spray.
Your surgeon may decide to place splints inside your nose to help the healing process. The splints are typically held in place with a stitch inside your nose. Although the splints are placed in certain patients to provide the best long-term outcomes, the splints can produce some temporary problems. First, often the splints become coated with dried mucus and/or blood; patients may be unable to breathe through their nose if this happens. The splints themselves or the stitch can cause some discomfort in excess of the typical surgical discomfort. Finally, your nose may also appear wider with the splints in place. All of these are temporary changes that should resolve once the splints and the stitch are removed, usually a week after surgery.
Physical activity for two weeks
Patients should avoid strenuous activity because it typically raises heart rate and blood pressure. For this reason, it can increase swelling or cause bleeding to start.
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