Why are you supposed to sleep in an upright position after deviated septum surgery and for how long after?

Helps with swelling. Sleeping with your head slightly elevated (on a couple of pillows) helps reduce the postoperative swelling after nasal surgery.
Decrease swelling. Sleeping upright will help to decrease swelling. This will help to speed your recovery.
Septoplasty. Sleeping with your head in an elevated position after surgery prevents excessive swelling. be sure to follow your surgeon's postop instructions.

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Will I sleep better after a deviated septum surgery?

Deviated septum. When swelling subsides, yes u can breath better & sleep well. Read more...
Possibly. There are multiple causes of poor sleep, one of which is difficulty breathing. A thorough examination by a plastic surgeon or otolaryngologist will diagnose a deviate septum. If the septal issue is bad enough, correcting the deviated septum will increase your ability to breathe through your nose at night. Read more...
Septoplasty. Improving your nasal breathing may improve your breathing at night and your sleeping. Be sure to have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. Read more...

How long can swelling last after deviated septum surgery? My nose has a small bump on the bridge that feels hard like bone. Could it be swelling?

Possibly. followup w/your surgeon As a general rule for my patients I say that 80% of swelling is gone after 2 weeks & 90% is gone after 2 months, but really more like 6 weeks. That being said-a bump on the bridge of the nose should not be from septal surgery. The septum is in the middle of your nose & surgery to the nasal dorsum/nasal bridge is more from rhinoplasty or septorhinoplasty. f/u w ur surgeon. Read more...

How long does it take to recover from a deviated septum surgery?

Septoplasty Recovery. Generally, one feels fine (other than a stuffy nose) after 2-3 days. About the end of the first week, breathing improves to the way it was before surgery. As internal swelling continues to resolve, breathing improves over the next 2-3 weeks. Strenous activity must be avoided for the first 10 days after surgery. Read more...
Few days. If you are undergoing a septoplasty alone you should be recovered within several days. It is unlikely that you will have bruising under your eyes if a septoplasty is the sole procedure. You might experience congestion but you should be able to return to work/ social activities within a few days. Read more...
Septoplasty. most people need a week off to recover. Have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist and discuss this issue with your surgeon. Read more...

How long should I wait to fly after having deviated septum surgery? Never had sinus only deviated septum

If no packing, now. If your surgery did not require nasal packing, or if packing has already been removed, no reason to delay flying. Because of the possibility of swelling in your nose, particularly around sinus opening, use an oxymetazoline nasal spray prior to flying to decrease swelling, if any. Read more...
Septoplasty. Depends? Need to check for eustachian tube dysfunction. Some times post op swelling can cause trouble. Ask your surgeon to be safe. Read more...
Flying after surgery. That decision should be left up to your surgeon as your surgeon will be the one taking care of you if any problems develop from traveling. Aircraft are pressurized to the equivalent of being at 8000 feet. Read more...

How long does it take for the nose to fully recover from a deviated septum surgery?

Check with ENT . Each surgery is different. Your ENT or plastic surgeon can give you an idea of how long a/he believes you should be in pain, how long b4 you can resume normal level activity, and when you should see optimal results. (Typically 1 week until back to work, one month to resume all activity, one year until all swelling is resolved) -- but the best way to know is ask ur doc! Read more...
Septoplasty. Recovery from septoplasty takes several weeks. there may be some persistent swelling in the nose. If your symptoms continue, have your surgeon examine your nose. Read more...

What are the long term effects of deviated septum surgery?

Long term breathing. Fixing a deviated septum should only have long term good effects. It should be nice to take good deep breaths through the nose. I should be exteremely rare to have a long term bad effect. Read more...
Better breathing. Hopefully the long term effects are better breathing, sleeping and a decrease in nasal and sinus problems. Just make sure that when referring to deviated septum surgery you are referring to an operation that straightens the septum, not a "nose job" that changes how your nose looks. Read more...
Better breathing. Deviated septum surgery is done to improve nasal airway by straightening the bone and cartilage. Long term problems are rare. Sometimes there can be some bleeding early on. There are rare problems such as a perforation in the septum or infection. Read more...