Once your surgery is completed, you must follow all the instructions given to you in order to heal properly and have a good outcome.
The following instructions are your obligation. Use this as a checklist of progress as you heal. Included are normal post-surgical experiences and key health considerations that may be a cause of concern.
TYPICAL POST-OPERATIVE SYMPTOMS
Typical symptoms and signs to watch for following nasal injury repair include:
Swollen, tight and bruised nasal and cheek region, including bruising and swollen eyes. Nasal stuffiness, post-nasal drip and headache. Numbness or swelling
in the region of the nose, lips and cheeks. These are normal experiences as the skin, facial bones, tissues and sensory nerves heal. Pain medication will help you cope with any discomfort.
Consistent sharp pain should be reported immediately.
To alleviate any discomfort, and to reduce swelling
, you may apply soft, cool (not cold) compresses over your eyes and nose. Do not apply ice or anything frozen directly on the skin. Do not apply anything cool on your cheeks or neck. Soak soft plain white washcloths or gauze squares in ice water and wring out well. Apply any compress gently; do not apply any pressure. Apply cool compresses for no longer than 20-minute intervals. Do not apply any heat.
CALL THE OFFICE IMMEDIATELY IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
• A high fever, (over 101º) severe nausea and vomiting, continued dizziness or incoherent behavior, such as hallucinations.
• Any pain that cannot be controlled by your pain medication.
• Excessive bleeding or fluid seeping from the nose or mouth.
• A severely misshapen appearance, excessive bruising or fluid retention that is localized to the side of your face or nose.
You may have a splint over your nose to protect and support nasal structures as you begin to heal. Do not remove this splint for any reason, unless directed specifically by Dr. Alexander Kutubidze
Nasal packing may be used to help support nasal structures during initial healing and to prevent drainage from secreting into your throat. Do not remove packing for any reason, only Dr. Alexander Kutubidze can remove your packing.