INTERNAL OPERATIONS

Internal operations include, but not necessarily limited to, straightening septum, removal of polyps.

DISCHARGE

Usually on the first or second day after operation. Rest at home for seven (7) days.

HEALING

Full healing takes two to three (2-3) weeks. Initially the nose is blocked like a cold and cleans up in around seven to ten (7-10) days. Initially marked discharge, usually blood stained ceases around ten (10) days. Dark elongated crusts may be blown from the nose around ten (10) days. No need for concern.

DRUGS

Antibiotics, nose drops, nasal douches (wash) and spray, ointments may be prescribed prior to leaving the hospital. Use as directed. They are not given routinely.

DIET

Normal diet. Avoid smoking and alcohol.

COMPLICATIONS

Contact the surgery if you develop fever or bleeding. Occasionally after seven to ten (7-10) days some bleeding can occur. It usually settles with bed rest, ice packs to head.

NASAL FUNCTION

This may take one month to improve.

PAIN

Discomfort persists for seven to fourteen (7-14) days, usually mild and controlled with Panadol. Avoid drugs containing aspirin, as these will increase the risk of bleeding.

FOLLOW UP

Follow up appointment will be given to you prior to leaving the hospital with your treating ENT Surgeon and will usually be two (2) weeks post operatively.