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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Septorhinoplasty is surgery to fix both your nose and your nasal septum. The nasal septum is the narrow wall of tissue that separates your nostrils. You may need a septorhinoplasty if you have a deviated septum. This is when your septum is crooked and blocks air passing through your nose. You may also need this surgery if your nose is misshapen due to an injury or if you want to improve your appearance.
- Pain medicine: You may be given medicine to take away or decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your healthcare provider or plastic surgeon as directed:
You will need to return to have your wound checked and splints removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
- Protect your nose: Do not bump your nose or allow anyone to touch your nose. Do not blow your nose. Wear clothes that button down the front. Avoid heavy activity or exercise. Do not swim for at least 1 month after your surgery. Ask when you can blow your nose or exercise.
- Bathe carefully: Take tub baths only. Do not shower. Keep your dressing dry when you bathe. Have someone else wash your hair during the first week after surgery. Brush your teeth gently. Do not touch your nose dressing or get it wet when you wash your face. Ask how long you need to take tub baths.
- Limit your facial movements: Limit your facial movements for 1 week. Do not grin, laugh, or smile. Try not to talk for long periods of time. Eat soft foods or foods that are not chewy.
- Wear your contact lenses: You can wear your contact lenses 2 days after your surgery, or as directed. Do not wear glasses or sunglasses because they rest on your nose.
- Care for your wound: Change the dressing under your nose when it gets wet. Do not touch your nose. The plaster cast or plastic splint will be left on your nose for 1 week. Keep the cast or splint dry. Do not touch or remove the cast or splint.
- Rinse your nose: Continue to rinse your nose with saline at home. Nose rinses clean your nose cavity and help prevent infection. Do nose rinses 3 to 5 times each day for 2 weeks after your surgery.
- Prevent swelling: Keep your head and back elevated when you rest, such as in a recliner. Place extra pillows under your head and neck when you sleep in bed. Do not sit in the sun or use a blow dryer. This can make your face too warm and cause discomfort. Use an ice pack or put crushed ice in a plastic bag. Cover it with a towel, and place it on your nose for 15 to 20 minutes every hour as directed.
Contact your healthcare provider or plastic surgeon if:
- You have a fever or chills.
- Your wound is red, swollen, or draining pus.
- You have nausea or vomiting.
- Your eyes are red, itchy, swollen, or draining pus.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- Blood soaks through your bandage.
- Your stitches come apart.
- Your splint or cast comes off.
- You have trouble breathing.
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