Septoplasty +/- Reduction of Inferior Turbinates

The nasal septum is the midline partition inside the nose that divides it into a right and left nasal passage. A septoplasty operation straightens this septum to improve nasal breathing and to provide access for other surgeries such as sinus surgery. It is often combined with reduction of the inferior turbinates. At the end of surgery some dissolving packing is often placed in the nose, and splints are sometimes placed inside the nose for 1 to 2 weeks.

After surgery
The nose will feel blocked and congested with some blood stained discharge for 2 weeks, after which it starts resolving. Do not do any physical exercise or blow your nose for 2 weeks. Most patients require 1-2 weeks off work.

You will be given a prescription for pain relief before you leave the hospital. The nose might be uncomfortable and you may have some mild headaches. You may also receive a prescription for antibiotics.

After the operation you will be instructed to wash out your nose with saline sprays or washes several times a day until you are seen in clinic 1-2 weeks after the operation. Then any splints, clot, and remaining packing may be removed after instilling local anaesthetic spray and the nose usually will feel clearer after this.

If you have any concerns after your procedure, please contact the following:
  • Your Surgeon
  • Auckland ENT Group on 09 522 2226
  • Your Family Doctor / GP
  • After hours – 24 Hour Medical Centre or Emergency Department
  • In case of an emergency – dial 111 for an ambulance.

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