Expectations after surgery
A splint (metal or plastic) will be applied externally to maintain the newly shaped bony structure when the surgery is complete. Soft plastic splints or nasal packs may also be placed within the nostrils to stabilize the septum (the dividing wall between the air passages).
Immediately following surgery, the nose and face will be swollen and painful. Headaches are common. Pain medications will control these discomforts.
Swelling and bruising around the eyes will increase and reach a peak after 2 or 3 days. Keeping the head raised (elevated) and placing cold compresses to the eyes can help reduce the swelling. Within 2 weeks, most of the swelling and bruising disappears. Some subtle swelling remains for several months, but this is generally unnoticeable to anyone but the patient.
During the first few days, minor bleeding from the nose is common. Do not blow the nose, pick the nose, or i...
Alternative Names Bleeding from the nose; Epistaxis Home Care Sit down and gently squeeze the soft portion of the nose between your thumb and finger (so that the nostrils are closed) for a full 10 minutes. Lean forward to avoid swallowing the blood and breathe through your mouth. Wait at least 10 minutes before checking if the bleeding has stopped. Many nosebleeds can be controlled in this way if enough time is allowed for the bleeding to stop. It may help to apply cold compresses or ice across the bridge of the nose. Do NOT pack the inside of the nose with gauze. Lying down with a nosebleed is not recommended. You should avoid sniffing or blowing your nose for several hours after a nosebleed. If bleeding persists, a nasal spray decongestant (Afrin, NeoSynephrine) can sometimes be used to close off small vessels and control bleeding. Call your health care provider if Get emergency care if: Bleeding does not stop after 20 minutes Nose bleeding occurs after an injury to the head -- this may sugg...
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