how long does swelling last after septoplasty

how long does swelling last after septoplasty

How Long Does Swelling Last After Septoplasty?

Septoplasty is a surgical procedure performed to correct a deviated septum. The septum is a wall of bone and cartilage, which separates the two nostrils. A deviated septum or "crooked" septum occurs when the septum is shifted towards one side of the nasal cavity. This can cause difficulty breathing and reduced airflow due to blockage of the nasal airway.

During septoplasty surgery, the septum is straightened and repositioned to the middle of the nose. This procedure may include cutting and removing parts of the septum before reinserting them into the correction position. A septoplasty can be performed by itself or often it can be combined with a rhinoplasty.

What Should I Expect During My Septoplasty Recovery?

Since septoplasty is an outpatient procedure, you will be able to go home the same day of your surgery after the anesthesia has worn off. During your septoplasty recovery, packing may be placed inside your nose to provide support during the healing period.

If a rhinoplasty is performed at the same time, external bandages or a splint will also be placed on the outside of the nose. The packing can be removed by your physician in the office a day or two after surgery. The splints can be removed by your physician in the office shortly after surgery.

The initial swelling subsides within a few weeks, but it may take a few months for you to expect the full benefits of septoplasty. During the initial healing period, there may be minor pain and difficulty breathing. Your physician will prescribe appropriate pain medication. Over-the-counter pain medication such as aspirin or ibuprofen should be avoided as these drugs may thin the blood. Your physician may also recommend irrigation using saline (salt water) to wash away any crust or surgical debris.

How Long Does Swelling Last After Septoplasty?

This depends on the technique that was used to address the deviated septum.  If the deviated septum was removed with an incision inside the nose, then no swelling should be expected.  If an incision was made underneath the nose—open approach to septoplasty—in order to sometimes correct a very deviated septum then you can expect some swelling.  This swelling should go down significantly within the first month then slowly over several months as the nose continues to heal.  If you had this approach there are some things you can do to help decrease the swelling:  ice over your nose for the first 24 hours after surgery, keep your head elevated when you sleep by using 3-4 pillows, and eating a diet that is very low in salt as salt causes you to retain fluid.

About Iranian Surgery

Iranian surgery is an online medical tourism platform where you can find the best ENT surgeons in Iran. The price of Septoplasty in Iran can vary according to each individual’s case and will be determined by an in-person assessment with the doctor.

For more information about the cost of Septoplasty in Iran and to schedule an appointment in advance, you can contact Iranian Surgery consultants via WhatsApp number 0098 901 929 0946. This service is completely free.


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