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This article will try to give you some information about the procedure called septoplasty. We will focus on the recovery after this procedure and the ways this time can be reduced. But first we will explain what septoplasty really is. Breathing problems may be experienced due to the obstruction located in the nasal airway. The nasal obstruction can be removed with the surgery that we are talking about. It involves the septum repair, which is the wall found in the nose. Medications cannot help with the problems such as epistaxis, produced by the deviated septum or recurrent sinusitis, but septoplasty can. The procedure is very quick and the patient can go home on the day of the surgery. Only one hour is the needed time for the procedure to be done. Be very careful during the recovery time. Eight weeks of recovery time will be important, since many factors during this period contribute to the length of the recovery time.

There are several causes of the deviation of the septum. It can be caused by a traumatic injury or some other factor, but once the problem is created, the wall, which consists of the bone and cartilage, narrows the air passage. The wall that divides the right and left nasal cavity is the septum and in this situation, only septoplasty can get results. The two or three days after the surgery you can apply nasal packing. The recovery time is much longer then the time needed for the surgery. But there are some steps you can take in order to make this period effective and short.

Tips for Recovery

It is good to avoid blowing the nose since it can cause bleeding. You can open your mouth while sneezing, and sniff instead of blowing your nose. It is also a good idea to breathe through the mouth and not the nose. It is important not to perform activities such as sports during the first two or three weeks. Wearing glasses should not be done in the initial six or seven weeks of the recovery. The head needs to be elevated and never below the heart line, so place some pillows under the head during sleep, and never bend during the first two or three days of the recovery. It is important to follow the post-operative plan and take the painkillers in prescribed quantities and timing. You can put ice packs on the nose, never fly in the initial few weeks and remember to go on regular checkups so that complications are avoided. Using nasal sprays two or three times a day will keep the nose moist and reduce the drainage and bleeding. You can return to normal life and strenuous activities after two months.


Complications such as pain and bleeding can occur after the procedure. These are common complications after surgery, but they can be dangerous. If the bleeding or pain is serious, visit a doctor. Also, high fever, approximately more than 100.5 degree Fahrenheit and upper nose numbness may suggest complications, so if you are experiencing these problems, go to the hospital.

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