For those with a deviated septum, either from birth or injury to the nose, breathing can be difficult or you may experience facial pain or frequent nosebleeds. The only way to fix a deviated septum is through septoplasty surgery – which can require recovery time.
Septoplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure but requires the use of local or general anesthesia, depending on your and your surgeon’s preferences and on the complexity of the surgery.
During the first 48 hours of recovery following septoplasty, it is normal to experience pain, nasal drainage, stiffness, and fatigue. Your doctor can prescribe prescription oral pain medication in order to minimize any discomfort. During the first week, your swelling and bruising will subside and most patients return to normal activities approximately three weeks after the procedure.
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After surgery, you may need to change a few habits for a few weeks to assist recovery of the area:
- Avoid strenuous activities, such as aerobics and jogging to decrease the chance of a nosebleed.
- Avoid blowing your nose.
- Elevate your head when you’re sleeping.
- Wear clothes that fasten in the front; don’t pull clothing over your head.
After surgery for a deviated septum, results will typically be seen in 4-6 weeks – such as improved airflow and breathing – but cartilage and other nasal tissues can take up to a year to fully settle into their new shape.
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