Is this Procedure Recommended for Children and Teens?

A septoplasty procedure is generally recommended for adults 16 years and older. It is generally recommended that a person has completed puberty before a septoplasty is recommended.

Does the Procedure Cause Any Swelling or Bruising to the Face?

If a septoplasty is the only procedure performed, there should be little to no bruising after surgery.

How Long Does the Procedure Take?

The procedure takes, on average, 1 to 1 ½ hours, depending on the deviation.

Is Nasal Packing Used for Septoplasty?

Many surgeons perform septoplasty without packing or septal splints. If nasal packing is used, it is inserted to prevent excessive postoperative bleeding. Talk to your surgeon about his/her standard practice.

What Type of Anesthesia is Used for this Procedure?

This procedure can be done using a local or a general anesthetic and is usually done on an outpatient basis.

Is the Procedure Painful?

You can expect to have mild pain, fatigue, nasal stuffiness, and mild nasal drainage after your surgery. The stuffiness typically results from swelling after the procedure and typically starts to improve after the first week. Most patients find that post-operative pain is easily managed with low-dose narcotic medications, such as Tylenol with Codeine or Tramadol, for 1-2 days. After that, they switch to regular or extra-strength Tylenol and ibuprofen (taken together to control both pain and swelling) for another week or so.

Are Stitches Required?

Sutures may be used to sew the skin incision site and mucosal flaps together at the end of surgery. Frequently, if an incision is made into the mucosa, sutures are not placed. If sutures are placed, they are typically dissolvable and do not require removal.

What Can You Expect After a Septoplasty?

After surgery, you may have drainage of some mucus and blood from your nose. This is a normal part of the healing process.

How Long Do You Need to Take Off From Work?

Many patients typically take several days to a week off from work for recovery. During this time, patients are advised to refrain from heavy lifting or vigorous activity for 1-2 weeks.

Can You Eat and Shower Immediately After Surgery?

After surgery, there are no restrictions on eating or bathing. Actually, you may eat whatever you feel like eating.