There is little discomfort after a septoplasty and sinus surgery with the exception of the first 24 hours. As a result patients require little analgesic assistance once they are discharged from hospital.
There is significant nasal obstruction for the first two or three weeks.
Antibiotics are usually provided at discharge and should be taken as directed.
Dr Diamantis recommends the use of Otrivin Nasal Spray or any similar preparation which may be purchased over the counter at the chemist, and which can be commenced the day of surgery and used up until your post operative appointment or as advised by Dr Diamantis following surgery, typically seven to ten days. Despite the instructions on the packaging please use the spray without nose blowing.
Seven days after the surgery Fess Nasal Spray should be commenced and the Otrivin Nasal Spray ceased. The patient may blow the nose at this stage, but only gently until review. Fess Spray is usually required three-four times daily, but may be used up to every two hours if needed. It may also be useful to use Nozoil Spray at bedtime once daily to stop the nose drying out overnight.
The risk of bleeding after nasal surgery is minimal but may occur any time during the first three to four weeks.
Most patients require seven to ten days off work depending on their recovery.
Full recovery is usually around two to three months after surgery for most patients, however some patients will notice small improvements up to six months after the operation.
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