To repair the septum, the surgeon makes an incision (cut) inside your nose to separate the nasal lining from the cartilage and bone. The surgeon then trims or straightens the bent cartilage. Sometimes splints are attached to hold the septum in place. If so, they will be removed about a week after surgery.
Fathalla M. Mashali, MD
Location and Office HoursNew England Pain Associates
6 Blackstone Valley
Lincoln, RI 02865
- BlueCross BlueShield of Rhode Island
- Neighborhood Health Plan
- United Healthcare
- Landmark Medical Center
- Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island
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When should I call my doctor after nasal surgery?
After your nasal surgery, contact your doctor right away if you have:
- Change in vision
- Fever over 101 degrees F
- Chills, a cough, weakness
- After the first day, blood soaking a gauze pad more often than once every 30 minutes
- Pain that is not controlled by pain medication
- Continued nausea or vomiting
What should I expect after nasal surgery?
Here's what you can expect after your nasal surgery:
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- The first 12 to 18 hours after your surgery will be the most uncomfortable.
- Your nose may be sore in the area of the surgery. You may also feel tenderness in your upper teeth and the roof of your mouth.
- Your nose may feel stuffy and uncomfortable until the swelling goes down, about a week or two after surgery.
- Your nose may be bleeding too much. It may be "packed" with mesh or gauze for the first day after surgery.
- If you have splints on the inside or outside of your nose, the doctor will remove them about a week after surgery.