Some swelling and tissue inflammation is normal after surgery. An examination by your surgeon would determine if all is well after the surgery. Best of luck, Dr. Michael Omidi
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Nasal congestion after a septoplasty is generally expected in the postoperative period. This is because of the swelling inside the nose. As a result, nasal breathing gets worse before it gets better following any nasal surgery. I would recommend that you continue with the rinse as directed by your surgeon. With time, the swelling will subside, so you'll have to be patient. Good luck and definitely follow up with your surgeon.
It is not uncommon to have some congestion after nasal surgery. There is just some swelling which will improve over time. Packing also can lead to more irritation and prolong the congestion. Bring up these issues with your surgeon when you see them next but I always have my patients continue on the salt water rinses.
Best of luck