In order to improve my breathing and sleep, I underwent septoplasty and turbinate reduction surgery to correct a deviated septum. After my surgery, I learned several tips and tricks to aid in healing my nose. Here’s a follow-up post-op aftercare guide. Septoplasty surgery corrects the septum (inner wall of the nose) by excising tissue and correcting the alignment of the nose. Turbinate reduction cleans out swollen turbinates that aid in breathing.
Septoplasty and turbinate reduction surgery aftercare: Both procedures create a great deal of blood and can be very messy. The most important part of follow-up care is to keep the nose irrigated and clean. Flush or irrigate your nose with saline solution every hour or two daily for the first 3-4 days after surgery. This procedure will be messy and bloody. It is also uncomfortable and sometimes painful. It is important that you flush, however, to help your nose heal. Your surgeon will likely recommend that you purchase a NeilMed Nasaflo Neti-Pot or Sinus Rinse Nasal flush bottle.
I already had both nasal flush systems, but my preference is the NeilMed Sinus Rinse nasal flush irrigation system. The bottle flushes the nose like a syringe. It cleans the nose with a more powerful spray, as opposed to the NeilMed Nasaflo Neti-Pot that drains saline solution into the nose. For follow-up care, however, the Sinus Rinse nasal flush bottle is often too painful to rinse the nose many time daily. I recommend the NeilMed Neti-Pot because it irrigates the nose in less painful manner. Draining the nose is much more comfortable than flushing the nose with a spray.
Septoplasty and turbinate reduction follow-up care tip two: Your doctor will schedule a follow-up visit several days after your surgery. It is very important that you keep this appointment because it is at this time that your doctor will remove the splints from your nose. During your septoplasty, plastic splints shaped like eyeglass lens were inserted in both nostrils to hold your newly shaped septum in place. They were attached by a single stitch on both sides. I won’t mince words; splint removal is uncomfortable, so take pain reliever before your doctor visit. Also request that your doctor give you a topical nasal numbing agent. He will have an apparatus that sprays a numbing agent in your nose. He will likely give you this treatment automatically, but in case he doesn’t, be sure to ask for it. Keeping your sinuses rinsed will prevent the splints from sticking and make it easier to remove them.
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