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Reasons for Procedure
|Deviated Nasal Septum|
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- Numbness in the tip of the nose or upper front teeth
- Septal perforation—a hole in the septum
- No improvement in symptoms
- Poor cosmetic outcome
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Talk to your doctor about your medications, including vitamins, herbs, or dietary supplements. You may be asked to stop taking some medications up to one week before the procedure.
- If you are having local anesthesia for the procedure, it is likely that no other special preparation is needed. If you will be having general anesthesia, your doctor will give you additional instructions.
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
- Washing their hands
- Wearing gloves or masks
- Keeping your incisions covered
- Washing your hands often and reminding your healthcare providers to do the same
- Reminding your healthcare providers to wear gloves or masks
- Not allowing others to touch your incision
- Try to breathe through your mouth for the first few days.
- Do not blow your nose, even though you may be stuffy after the procedure.
- Keep your head elevated when lying down for the first 1-2 days.
- Apply ice packs to your nose to reduce pain and swelling.
- Do not take aspirin products for pain.
- Your doctor may want to see you for a follow-up visit to monitor healing or to remove the gauze packing or splint.
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision site
- Heavy bleeding
- Packing from your nose falls into the back of your throat, causing discomfort
- Persistent nausea and/or vomiting
- Vomit that is bloody or the color of coffee grounds
- Pain that you cannot control with the medications you have been given
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery http://www.entnet.org
The American Rhinologic Society http://www.american-rhinologic.org
Canadian Society of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery http://www.entcanada.org
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Deviated septum. Cedars-Sinai website. Available at: http://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Patients/Health-Conditions/Deviated-Septum.aspx. Accessed May 23, 2013.
Deviated septum in children. Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh website. Available at: http://chp.staywellsolutionsonline.com/Search/90,P02062. Updated May 27, 2012. Accessed May 23, 2014.
Fact sheet: deviated septum. American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery website. Available at http://www.entnet.org/content/deviated-septum. Accessed May 23, 2014.
6/3/2011 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed: Mills E, Eyawo O, Lockhart I, Kelly S, Wu P, Ebbert JO. Smoking cessation reduces postoperative complications: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Med. 2011;124(2):144-154.e8.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014
- Update Date: 05/23/2014