POST OP INSTRUCTIONS SEPTOPLASTY
Remove each soft nasal pack and the tube crossing the nasal base at 24 hours.
No nose blowing until the doctor tells you to. It takes at least two (2) weeks for the incisions inside your nose to heal. You may gently sniff secretions into your throat and expectorate.
Protect your nose. Avoid situations where your nose might be accidentally bumped or hit. Your operation is a controlled surgical fracture, and a bump may misalign the bony fragments and cause a deformity. Call the doctor if your nose is injured after surgery.
Take antibiotics if the doctor prescribes them. They may be necessary to avoid infections. Pain medication will be prescribed as needed.
Do not put anything inside your nose unless instructed by the doctor. He may have you use an ointment. The crusting blood that is present in your nose is necessary to protect the healing incisions inside your nose. Do not try to remove the crusts.
Avoid bending, stooping, and lifting heavy objects. Avoid extreme heat or cold.
Do not smoke. Avoid exposure to noxious fumes, dust, and dirt.
A cold pack should be applied to your nose and eyes. Frozen English peas in a Ziploc™ bag work well.
Elevate the head of your bed about 10 degrees to reduce swelling, which keeps the head above the level of the heart.
A humidifier in the bedroom will help reduce dryness in your mouth while sleeping. You may spray each nostril with normal saline four times daily.
POST OP INSTRUCTIONS RHINOPLASTY
In addition to the above instructions, the following instructions are specific to the rhinoplasty procedure.
Do not wear eyeglasses until the doctor tells you to resume wearing them. Wearing eyeglasses during the healing stages can cause depressions or ridges on the nose. If eyeglasses must be worn, tape the bridge of the glasses to your forehead to prevent pressure on your nose.
Do not get your cast wet. It will come off if wet. You may, however, wash around the area if you are careful. If your cast becomes loose, call the doctor and tape it securely to your nose.
Avoid excessive chewing. Follow a soft diet.