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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.


The week before your surgery:

  • Arrange to have someone drive you home. You may also need to have someone help you with daily activities for a few weeks while you heal.
  • Tell your surgeon about any allergies you have. Tell him or her if you have ever had an allergic reaction to anesthesia.
  • Tell your surgeon about all medicines you are currently taking. Include prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and supplements. Your surgeon will tell you if you need to stop taking any medicines before surgery, and when to stop.
  • You may need blood or urine tests before your surgery. You may also need to have a rhinoscopy and a nasal endoscopy..

The night before your surgery:

You may be told not to eat or drink anything after midnight.

The day of your surgery:

  • Take only the medicines your surgeon told you to take.
  • You or a close family member will be asked to sign a legal document called a consent form. It gives healthcare providers permission to do the procedure or surgery. It also explains the problems that may happen, and your choices. Make sure all your questions are answered before you sign this form.
  • Healthcare providers may put an IV into your vein. You may be given liquids and medicine through the IV.
  • You will be given general anesthesia to keep you asleep and free from pain during surgery.


What will happen:

You will be given general anesthesia to keep you asleep and free from pain during surgery. Your surgeon will make small incisions on the inside of your nose. You may also have incisions through your septum or on other parts of your nose. Your surgeon will remove some of your nose cartilage and bone to make the septum straight. If you have a bump on your nose, he or she may file or shave this down. Your surgeon may use your tissues or a graft to rebuild your nose. He or she may need to break your nose bones to reshape your nose. The incisions will be closed with stitches. You may have a temporary splint or gauze packing placed inside your nose. You may also have a splint put on the outside of your nose.

After your surgery:

You will be taken to a room to rest until you are fully awake. The head of your bed will be elevated to help decrease swelling. Healthcare providers will monitor you closely for any problems. Do not get out of bed until your healthcare provider says it is okay. When your healthcare provider sees that you are okay, you may be able to go home. If you are staying in the hospital, you will be taken to your hospital room.


  • You have a fever.
  • You get a cold or the flu.
  • You have questions or concerns about your surgery.


You may bleed more than expected or get an infection. Extra blood or fluid may fill your lungs and make it hard for you to breathe. You may swallow blood during surgery. This can may you feel like vomiting after surgery. You may swell and bruise around your eyes and your tear ducts may become blocked. You may develop a hole in your septum or not be able to breathe well through your nose. You may also have unwanted changes in the shape and appearance of your nose.

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