The following ambulatory surgery is performed in the ambulatory surgery department:
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- Ear-nose-throat surgery
- Gynecologic surgery
- Gastroscopy and colonoscopy under anesthesia
Nasal septum surgery (septoplasty), patient information
Nasal septum surgery or septoplasty straightens the curves of the nasal septum and thereby improves nasal breathing. The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia.
Course of surgery
- At the end of the surgery, plastic plates are placed in the nasal passages to support the nasal septum. These will be removed by your physician 4-7 days later at a follow-up appointment (in some cases, you may need to keep the plates inside your nose longer).
- After surgery, a small amount of bleeding from the nose is normal. To prevent bleeding, a coagulation-promoting sponge, gauze swab or a special air-filled balloon may be placed in your nostrils at the end of the surgery. Coagulation-promoting sponges are self- absorbing and do not have to be removed. Swabs and balloons should be removed as directed by your physician or removed by the physician themselves.
- For the first few days after surgery, you can place a cold gel bag on your nose 2 to 3 times a day for 10 to 15 minutes (reduces swelling and bleeding). Cover the cold gel bag with a cloth beforehand to prevent frost damage to the skin.
- Headache and mild to moderate fever (usually below 38 °C) may occur after surgery. Use paracetamol (available over the counter) to relieve pain and fever. Certain non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. aspirin, ibuprofen, diclofenac) should be avoided as they promote bleeding.
- After surgery, the nasal mucosa should be rinsed four times a day with saline to reduce the formation of crusts in the nose and speed up healing. Irrigation of the nose with saline (add 1 teaspoon of salt to 0.5 l of boiled water) can be started at home unless your physician/nurse has told you otherwise.
- Light exercise is allowed from the second week after the surgery (walking, gymnastics). Avoid strenuous exercise for at least 2 weeks after surgery. You can return to your preoperative physical activity level 3 to 4 weeks after surgery.
Due to the risk of bleeding, beware of the following for two weeks after surgery:
- avoid hot foods and drinks
- avoid the sauna, sunbathing, the solarium, rehabilitation procedures
- avoid strenuous physical exertion and weight lifting
- sniff the nose carefully, one nostril at a time
- take medications prescribed by your physician if you have high blood pressure
If you experience one of the following in the first days after the surgery:
- a heavy nosebleed
- an increase in body temperature over 38ºC
- worsening pain and nasal congestion
- swelling, redness and increased temperature at the wound site
- yellowish-greenish nasal discharge
Contact our paid information line 1500 for advice or go to your nearest emergency department.
Reminder for people coming in for an operation
- Your overall health condition must be assessed before you come in for an operation. You will be provided with a questionnaire to fill in with details of your health status, past and present illnesses and daily medications, hypersensitivity to medicinal products, previous operations and habits (smoking, alcohol consumption, etc). Blood samples are taken and any examinations and tests prescribed by the surgeon or anaesthesiologist are performed before the operation.
- Be sure to inform your doctor if you are taking anticoagulant medicinal products (e.g. aspirin, Marevan, Eliquis, Xarelto, Pradaxa, Lixiana) so that you can make timely arrangements for stopping the use thereof before surgery.
- The exact time of admission to the hospital will be specified by telephone no later than the afternoon of the day before the surgery. In most cases, patients are admitted in the morning.
- Do not drink dairy products and pulp juices, eat, chew gum or smoke 6 hours before the operation.
- It is also not permitted to drink water 4 hours before the operation. If you eat or drink before the operation, the operation must be postponed or cancelled for the sake of your health.
- Opt for a shower in the morning and refrain from swallowing any water as you brush your teeth.
- Take the medication(s) prescribed by the anaesthesiologist or doctor early in the morning with 2-3 sips of water.
- On the day of the surgery, you should not be suffering from a cold (runny nose, cough, fever) and you should preferably not be menstruating or suffering f. from acute skin infections. If necessary, please consult your treating physician and reschedule the surgery.
- When coming for a day-time surgical procedure, please come to Veerenni 51 at the agreed time. The ambulatory surgery department is located on the 8th floor, to the right as you step out of the lift. You will be welcomed by a receptionist who will register you with the department and refer you to the operation.
- Please note! Due to impaired reactions, you are not allowed to drive a car or operate machinery for 24 hours after anaesthesia (even short-term). To get home safely, ask someone to accompany you and, if possible, arrange transportation.
- If you are unable to come to the hospital at the agreed time, please inform us by calling +372 6299 277
- Bring with you to the hospital:an ID (passport, ID card or driving licence), a filled in anaesthesia leaflet if you were given such a leaflet during an appointment. Medicinal products taken regularly and any aids, if needed