If problems of a deviated septum become serious, there are no alternative treatments to surgery. The two different methods of septoplasty for a deviated septum are an open surgery and a newer, less invasive procedure.
Other treatments related to septoplasty for a deviated septum include medications for infections of the sinuses, and rhinoplasty, a surgical procedure to correct a misshapen nose.
In addition, recovery requires observing some steps for self-care at home.
- Resting the rest of the day following surgery
- Not driving or operating machinery for 24 hours while the anesthesia wears off
- Avoiding blowing the nose
- Using ice packs to help reduce pain and swelling
- Not showering or bathing for 24 hours to keep the incision dry
- Sleeping propped up to help reduce swelling
- Taking medications as directed by the doctor
- Limiting activities that add pressure to the head such as bending over, holding the breath, and heaving lifting
- Keeping the incision clean as instructed
Follow-up visits will be needed to monitor recovery and to remove stitches and splints. Request an appointment at Florida Hospital today.