Reasons for Procedure
|Deviated Nasal Septum|
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- Numbness in the tip of the nose or upper front teeth
- Septal perforation (a hole in the septum)
- No improvement in symptoms
- Poor cosmetic outcome
- Bleeding disorders
- Medical problems, such as cardiac disease
- Cocaine use
- Prior nasal surgery with excessive scarring
- Taking certain medicines
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
Talk to your doctor about your medicines, including vitamins, herbs, or dietary supplements. You may be asked to stop taking some medicines up to one week before the procedure, like:
- Aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs
- Blood thinners, such as clopidogrel (Plavix) or warfarin (Coumadin)
- If you are having local anesthesia for the procedure, it is likely that no other special preparation is needed. If you will be having general anesthesia, your doctor will give you additional instructions.
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
- Try to breathe through your mouth for the first few days.
- Do not blow your nose.
- Keep your head elevated when lying down for the first 1-2 days.
- Apply ice packs to your nose to reduce pain and swelling.
- Do not take aspirin products for pain.
- Your doctor may want to see you for a follow-up visit to monitor healing or to remove the gauze packing or splint.
- Be sure to follow your doctor's instructions .
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision site
- Heavy bleeding
- Packing from your nose falls into the back of your throat, causing discomfort
- Nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medicines you were given after surgery, or which persist for more than two days after discharge from the hospital (Vomit may be bloody or the color of coffee grounds from mixing with stomach juices.)
- Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
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The American Rhinologic Society http://www.american-rhinologic.org/
Canadian Society of Otolaryngology http://www.entcanada.org/default.asp
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/index-eng.php
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- Reviewer: Marcin Chwistek, MD
- Review Date: 10/2012 -
- Update Date: 10/31/2012 -