Surgery to fix a crooked (or deviated) septum, called septoplasty, allows better airflow through the nose and may improve breathing. The septum is the cartilage that divides the nose into two nostrils. Septoplasty is usually an outpatient procedure, so most patients can go home the day of surgery. Swelling may last two to three days, but full recovery may take up to three months.
What Can I Expect After Septoplasty?
Since the operation is done through the nostrils, patients do not have to worry about facial scars or black eyes. However, they can experience pain or tenderness on the front of the nose, stuffiness due to swelling and nasal drainage of blood and-or mucous. Swelling from surgery may last two to three days, and drainage might continue for two to five days. Usually, over-the-counter medications will suffice for pain, although the doctor may prescribe a pain reliever. The doctor might have the patient use saline sprays or irrigation treatments to clear nasal congestion. However, if packing is in the nose, the patient will have to breathe through the mouth until the material is removed. It may take up to three months for the nose to achieve maximum clearness.
Post Op Septoplasty Questions
Altered Sense of Smell After Septorhinoplasty
An alteration in your sense of smell can be from swelling in your nose. It can also be from an infection. There may be packing in your nose that needs to be removed. You may also need to start saline irrigations and antibiotics. These causes are reversible and your sense of smell should return to normal after you treat the cause.
Had Septoplasty Done 2 Weeks Ago, When Will I Get My Sense of Taste and Smell Back?
The decreased sense of smell and taste is usually related to still being swollen after surgery. The swelling tends to improve around 3 weeks post op. Every patient is different and it is important to remember to wait 6 months to a year to judge your final result, but I would think so I would think taste and smell will return around then 3 to 4 weeks post op.
Can Septoplasty Surgery Cause Metallic Taste and Bad Breath?
Yes, septoplasty surgery can cause metallic taste and bad breath and it is very common. It could be due to antibiotic treatment, modification of nasal septum and could be intranasal packings.
we would suggest you to maintain proper oral hygiene. You should do warm saline rinses thrice and consult a specialist once for proper examination and start treatment accordingly. Visit oral and maxillofacial surgeon as well for complete oral prophylaxis. Chew on sugar free candies. Drink plenty of water.
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