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After Septoplasty

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.


What you need to know about septoplasty:

Septoplasty is surgery to repair or straighten your nasal septum. The nasal septum is the cartilage and bone that forms a wall to separate your nostrils. Septoplasty may relieve symptoms such as trouble breathing, dry mouth, or frequent nasal congestion. Septoplasty is most commonly done in adults but may also be done in children.


How to prepare for septoplasty:

What will happen during septoplasty:

What will happen after septoplasty:

You may have pain, nasal stuffiness, and feel tired or lethargic after surgery. The nasal stuffiness is caused by swelling in your nose, and will decrease in about 1 week. You may also have mild drainage of mucus and blood.

Risks of septoplasty:

You may bleed more than expected or get an infection. Your symptoms may not go away. The shape of your nose, your voice, or your sense of taste or smell may change. You may have swelling or bruising around your eye. You may have numbness in your nose, upper teeth, or gums. Blood may build up on your septum, or it may tear. The fluid around your brain may drain from your nose.

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US), or have someone call if:

Seek care immediately if:

Call your surgeon if:


You may need any of the following:


Follow up with your surgeon as directed:

You may need to return to have your gauze or splint removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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