Are there any special products I need to buy after undergoing septoplasty to correct a saddle deformity, such as ice packs or over-the-counter pain relievers, general assistance? If I have a caregiver helping for a few days, what should they be aware of?
Septoplasty Recovery at Home Needs?
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Frozen peas, gauze, arnica and bromelain can all help
You will need icepacks, the best icepacks are frozen peas, for the first twenty four hours. You will need gauze because you will have a bloody nose for the first two days. Arnica and bromoleyn help decrease swelling and bruising. If a rib graft is being used then a pillow on the chest for when you cough. Make sure you hydrate well, and eat enough protein so that you heal faster.
Correction of a saddle nose deformity would involve more than a septoplasty. A septoplasty basically corrects the deviation of the septum in the nose. The saddle nose deformity would correct the depression over the bridge of the nose.
You may want to talk to your surgeon and clarify the actual procedure and prepare for it appropriately.
This operation can be uncomfortable for one week or so. It will also depend on the source of the cartilage needed to correct the cartilage.
Narcotics will be necessary to get over the pain for the first few days and you will need some assistance at home to do activities of daily living.