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Septorhinoplasty

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.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

  • You have trouble breathing.

Call your doctor or surgeon if:

  • Blood soaks through your bandage.
  • Your stitches come apart.
  • Your splint or support device comes off.
  • 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.

Medicines:

You may need any of the following:

  • Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your healthcare provider how to take this medicine safely. Some prescription pain medicines contain acetaminophen. Do not take other medicines that contain acetaminophen without talking to your healthcare provider. Too much acetaminophen may cause liver damage. Prescription pain medicine may cause constipation. Ask your healthcare provider how to prevent or treat constipation.
  • NSAIDs , such as ibuprofen, help decrease swelling, pain, and fever. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your healthcare provider if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions.
  • Antibiotics help prevent an infection.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her 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.

Self-care:

  • Care for your wound as directed. Rinse your nose with saline 1 or 2 times a day, or as directed. Mix ½ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of baking soda with 1 cup of warm distilled water. Nose rinses help remove crusts and prevent infection. Apply petroleum jelly to your nostrils after you rinse your nose. You may have gauze taped under your nostril openings. Change the gauze if it gets wet or dirty. If you have a splint, do not get it wet or try to remove it.
  • Apply ice on your nose for 15 to 20 minutes every hour for 24 hours. Use an ice pack, or put crushed ice in a plastic bag. Cover it with a towel. Ice helps prevent tissue damage and decreases swelling and pain.
  • Elevate your head and upper back. Keep your head and upper back elevated day and night to decrease swelling and pain. Prop your upper body on 3 to 4 pillows or sit in a recliner.
  • Do not blow your nose. The increase in pressure can cause bruising, swelling, and bleeding. Try not to sneeze. If you have to sneeze, keep your mouth open to decrease pressure in your nose.
  • Use a cool-mist humidifier A cool mist humidifier will increase air moisture in your home. This will help keep your nose and throat moist and prevent irritation.

Follow up with your doctor or surgeon as directed:

You will need to return to have the surgery area checked. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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