Septoplasty: Long-Term Care

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As with any surgery, the steps you take after a septoplasty can be as important as the surgery itself. Find out how to care for yourself after septoplasty surgery.

Septoplasty—a surgery to correct a crooked or deviated septum—may be a fairly simple procedure, but it carries risks. Find how to promote a good recovery and make the best of your surgery.

Check-up after septoplasty
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Benefits of Surgery

A septoplasty is a surgery used to correct a deviated or crooked septum. While abnormalities in the septum are fairly common, the problem really only requires surgery when it interferes with breathing or creates other serious problems.

After surgery, you may experience better sleep, less snoring, and improved breathing. Follow your surgeon's instructs on activity restrictions, especially heavy lifting, to improve your long-term recovery and avoid complications.

Possible Future Surgeries

Sometimes, one surgery is not enough to correct a deviated septum. In some cases, cartilage and nasal tissue can slip after surgery, blocking the nasal passage. This can cause breathing problems or other issues. When the problem is severe, you may need a second septoplasty to repair or reshape the septum again. 

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call your healthcare provider or 911.

Lifestyle Adjustments

The cartilage and bone that make up the septum are fragile—especially in the healing period after surgery. Your healthcare provider will make several recommendations to optimize your healing after surgery. These may include:

  • Taking one to two weeks off of work or school
  • Avoiding lifting anything over 20 pounds or straining for at least 10 days after your surgery
  • Not blowing your nose or causing other strain to the nasal passage for at least 10 days after surgery
  • Preventing excessive force or motion around your nose during the healing process—this may include avoiding sports or certain exercises

 A Word From Verywell

A good recovery period is key to a successful septoplasty. Be sure to follow your healthcare provider's orders when it comes to activity restrictions, and keep in mind that you could require a second surgery if you continue to experience problems.

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  1. American Society of Plastic Surgeons. What should I expect after a septoplasty? 2020.

By Rachael Zimlich, BSN, RN
Rachael is a freelance healthcare writer and critical care nurse based near Cleveland, Ohio.