If you're going in for a septoplasty to correct a deviated septum soon, you're probably wondering what to expect after the procedure. There may be some adverse symptoms, but the good news is that as long as you take good care of yourself afterwards, septoplastyis relatively easy to recover from. Here are some things to expect after your procedure:
- The anesthetic will take a few hours to wear off.This means that it's crucial to make arrangements with someone you trust to drive you home after your surgery, as you will not be in the right condition to drive right after the procedure.
- You will have some bleeding from your nose.This bleeding is normal and doesn't indicate that anything has gone wrong during the surgery. You should stay in bed with your head elevated on several pillows to keep fluids from accumulating in the tissue of the face. "Mustache dressings", or gauze that sits below the nose to collect blood, will help you to deal with the blood flow, especially if you change the dressing about every hour.
- You may feel fatigued.When your body senses that it has been "hurt", it will devote more energy to healing itself than usual. This can result in a feeling of grogginess and fatigue. Don't take it too seriously and know that it will wear off in a few days.
- You will be prescribed antibiotics.It's extremely important that you take the full dose of antibiotics as recommended by your doctor to avoid infection. Sometimes, a narcotic will also be prescribed, but should only be taken when normal painkillers aren't working.
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