Repairing or straightening a deviated septum and reducing enlarged turbinates is a common nasal surgery done under general anesthesia. A small incision is made inside the nose and the thin plate of cartilage and bone in the center of the nose is repaired. Enlarged turbinates are reduced to normal size. The procedure takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes to complete. Patients usually return home within 2.5 to 3 hours.
There is no visible swelling no nasal packing is used. Mild discomfort is expected for the first 2 to 3 days, which quickly resolves (Pain Score: 3/10). Nasal bleeding is common the first day. Swelling and crusting inside the nose will gradually improve over several weeks.
Normal activities may be resumed after 3 days. Avoid heavy lifting for one week.
Out of town patients are cleared for travel the next day. No follow up is necessary.