Repairing or straightening a deviated septum is a common nasal surgery performed 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. The procedure takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes to complete, and most patients are able to 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, and no follow up is necessary.
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