You’ll feel a little under the weather for a few weeks after a reconstructive surgery close to your septal perforation.
Most patients report:
- Being stuffy.
- Having nasal crusting in the nose.
- A swollen nose for a few weeks.
Here are three tips that will lead to a speedy comfortable recovery.
Use plenty of ointment
For the first week, you will use an antibiotic ointment like Bacitracin.
After that, using Vaseline inside the nose two to three times a day can help prevent crusting. It can also help make sure the incisions heal with minimal scarring. Use a Q-tip to apply the ointment across the incision about 1″ – 1.5″ inside the nostrils.
Use saline mist sprays excessively
Spraying nasal inside the nose every 1-2 hours can really help prevent dry crusting. This is the most bothersome aspect of the healing process.
Less crusting means less obstruction in the nose. It also means less post operative suctioning in the office.
Use saline rinses
There are several different brands of sinus rinses, and all are equal.
Using sinus rinses two to three times a day will help clear out the crusting that has formed and is “stuck” in the nose.
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