How you prepare

Before scheduling septoplasty, you must meet with your surgeon to discuss benefits and risks of the surgery. This meeting generally includes:

  • Your medical history. Your doctor asks questions about conditions you have or have had, as well as any current medications.
  • A physical examination. Your doctor conducts a physical examination, including any relevant testing. He or she also inspects your skin and the inside and outside of your nose.
  • Photographs. Someone from your doctor's office may take photographs of your nose from different angles. Your doctor may use these photos for discussion before septoplasty or for reference during and after surgery.
  • A discussion of your expectations. You and your doctor should talk about your expectations. He or she explains what septoplasty can and can't do for you and what your results might be.

Food and medications

Avoid medications containing aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) for about two weeks before surgery and after surgery. These medications may increase bleeding. Take only those medications approved or prescribed by your surgeon.

Other precautions

If you smoke, stop smoking. Smoking disturbs the healing process after surgery.

May 24, 2016
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