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Nasal septum surgery (septoplasty)See available time slots
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.
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Service: Nasal septum surgery (septoplasty)