Quite sure I need a septoplasty surgery but worried about the recovery process. I saw on realself about rhinoplasty recovery, is it similar with septplasty? What do i need to consider about recovering: downtime, medications, pain, etc? thank you so very much for your expert opinions.
Septoplasty Recovery - Time, Tips, How Long?
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Septoplasty Recovery for Deviated Nasal Septum
Deviated septum surgery (septoplasty) is an outpatient surgical procedure. Many patients return to work within a few days, but some enjoy a week off from work for recovery. A small cotton pad may be placed inside the nose for the first day. Generally, I like to see patients both the next day and one week following surgery. While nasal breathing may improve immediately, normal swelling inside the nose after the procedure takes some time to resolve. Unlike rhinoplasty (nose job surgery), there usually isn't external nasal swelling or bruising.
Many people do not have the shape of their nose changed with septoplasty surgery. However, septoplasty performed in conjunction with functional rhinoplasty or septorhinoplasty will change your appearance.
Speak with a facial plastic surgeon to determine whether septoplasty is appropriate of you. Best of luck.
Recovery following Septorhinoplasty
Patients go home with an external splint or special tape. The splint is usually removed in 7-10 days. Internal soft silicone splints may be used after septoplasty and remain in place for 1-3 weeks.
Initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication and head elevation.
Majority of swelling and bruising subsides progressively over 2-4 weeks.
External sutures (if any) are removed in 4-6 days. Internal sutures dissolve spontaneously.
An early result is evident in 3 months. Final results become evident in 12-14 months which is the time necessary for complete tissue softening.
Areas of sensitivity or numbness will slowly resolve; the tip of the nose will feel stiff or “woody” and this will improve over the first several months. Other temporary conditions may include some airway or sinus blockage, nasal drainage, lumps and irregularities.
If all of the work is done internally, there is usually a splint inside of your nose that is removed in a week. Recovery is usually more streamlined as there is no external nasal splint.
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Septoplasty- what to expect
Generally speaking a simple septoplasty is fast and relatively painless. Sometimes they can be complex and involve more extesive cartilage and bone work. Either way there you may have a minor ''packing" , a piece of cotton or gauze. This usually comes out in 24-48 hours. Should the septum require silicone plates for stability these are usually removed in a week by your surgeon.Initially you may still feel the air is not moving through your nose because swelling of the soft tissue. This will resolve itself in a couple of weeks. I encourage my patients to use Afrin to decrease swelling and Ocean spray to assist in mosturizing the inside of the nose. Cleaning of the openings of dried blood can be done with a Q-tip and hydrogen peroxide
.In any event, you need to be seen in person by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to assist you in making a decision as to what is best for you. I hope that this is helpful for you . Jon Sattler, MD Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Glendora, California.
I routinely recommend the following: If surgery occurs on a friday you will feel under the weather through the weekend. By monday you will feel very comfortable with normal activities and answering texts, emails, and phone calls if you choose. Ideally, take one full week off from work. At the end of that week the splints (plastic pieces that hold the septal lining back together) are removed. At this time, resume full work schedule and consider light activity only. Strenous activity can begin again at 2 weeks. You will have no bruising or external signs of surgery from just a septoplasty so the recovery is quicker than a rhinoplasty. It is common to have numbness at the tip of the nose and even the front teeth for a short period of time measured in weeks.
Recovery after septoplasty
Pablo Prichard, MD
septoplasty recovery and downtime
Septoplasty is a generic term which means "reshaping of the septum". The amount of recovery is based on the degree of correction. In general, I advocate the most conservative approach to correct your nasal obstruction.
Simple septoplasty may involve a few days of nasal obstruction due to intranasal swelling. Typically there is no external swelling of the nose. Patients can often go to work soon after the procedure. Complex septoplasty may involve opening the nose or reconstruction of the septum and may require a week of recovery. In these cases, the patient may experience a longer degree of nasal obstruction and more discomfort.
Recovery after Septoplasty
Thanks for the great question. As with anything in medicine, patient recovery can be different depending on specific healing characteristics, the degree of damage being repaired, etc. That said, I quote patients in my practice a 7 day recovery. For some it may be even less. When the septum is very deviated, I may place temporary stents inside the nose. These are removed at one week post-op. After this visit, patients feel much better.