What should I watch for after septoplasty with turbinate reduction?
When to Call The Doctor
- Temperature of 101.5 degrees F or higher that lasts longer than 24 hours.
- Severe pain not controlled by your pain medicine.
- Facial bruising.
- Nasal bleeding that continue after using Afrin® or Neosynephrine® nasal sprays.
What is the recovery time for septoplasty and turbinate reduction?
You will probably be able to return to work or school in a few days and to your normal routine in about 3 weeks. But this varies with your job and how much surgery you had. Most people recover fully in 1 to 2 months. You will have to visit your doctor during the 3 to 4 months after your surgery.
How long do you have to sleep upright after septoplasty?
Prop up your head You will have to sleep with your head elevated for 24-48 hours after surgery to help the bleeding slow down and help the swelling resolve. Prior to surgery, set up your bed with at least two pillows so you can prop your head up at night.
What should I eat after turbinate reduction?
- You can eat your normal diet. If your stomach is upset, try bland, low-fat foods like plain rice, broiled chicken, toast, and yogurt.
- You may notice that your bowel movements are not regular right after your surgery. This is common. Try to avoid constipation and straining with bowel movements.
How do you shower after septoplasty?
To prevent bleeding, avoid blowing for your nose for the first 2 weeks after surgery. Washing your face/Showering: You may shower and wash your face on the 2nd day after surgery using a gentle cleanser, i.e. Cetaphil. Avoid directly washing your nose, but rather use a damp warm cloth to gently wash your face.
How do I clear my nose after turbinate reduction?
Your physician may recommend mechanically cleaning the nose and sinuses with saline. This can remove blood and mucus from the nose and help with healing after surgery. Nasal saline spray (such as Ayr or Ocean spray) is available over-the-counter. You may also make saline solution at home.
Can I drink coffee after septoplasty?
Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine Alcoholic beverages and caffeinated drinks, such as coffee or soda, are best avoided for several days after your procedure, if not for longer. Alcohol is a blood thinner and can increase your risk for post-surgery bleeding.
How should I rest after septoplasty?
How do I care for myself after septoplasty? Rest the first day. Do not rub or even touch the nose. Do not blow the nose, even though it feels congested, because it might cause bleeding.
How long after septoplasty can I breathe better?
7–10 days In the second week, you should notice an improvement in your breathing, as well as less pain in your nose. There will still be some crusting and dryness in your nose.
How do you brush your teeth after septoplasty?
Brush your teeth gently with a soft toothbrush only. Avoid manipulation of upper lip to keep nose at rest. Avoid extreme physical activity. Obtain more rest than you usually get to avoid exertion, including athletic activities.
How long after septoplasty Can I breathe?
1–2 days Your nose will feel sore, and much more stuffy than it did before the operation. Once the dressings are removed from your nose, you may still need to breathe through your mouth for a week or so.
How long does fatigue last after septoplasty?
FATIGUE It is common to feel tired in the first days to weeks after surgery. Remember to take it easy while your body is recovering. RETURN TO WORK Plan to take some time off after surgery. Some patients will be ready to go back to work in a matter of days, while others will need 1-2 weeks to recover.