After Turbinate Surgery
After nasal surgery facial pressure and headache are common. During the first 24-48 hours the nasal splints are in
place and can be the cause of additional discomfort. When Dr. Chu removes the splints, much of the discomfort is
Dr. Chu rarely packs the nose for this surgery.
- It is common to experience nasal congestion after this surgery. The congestion will improve over several
days but may take a few weeks.
- Some patients report front teeth numbness or pain.
- Dissolving suture is used in your nose, and may come out when you blow your nose. (This often will
look like a very fine fishing line.) Please remember that you should not be blowing your nose until Dr. Chu has
given permission to do so.
- Nasal saline spray should be used regularly to keep the mucous membranes moist
- Bacitracin ointment should also be applied into the nasal opening with a Q-tip twice daily. Only a thin
film needs to be applied. Do not occlude the nostril with ointment. This helps the sutures to stay moist
and dissolve properly.
- The head should be elevated above the heart. This will help to decrease the swelling inside the nose.
- Avoid heavy lifting (more than 25 pounds). Avoid strenuous work, exercise or activity until “cleared” by
- Avoid using aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or other nonsteroidal medications.
- Some patients have some bloody nasal drainage for a few days. If there is an increase in bleeding, pain or
other concern, please call to talk to Dr. Chu.
Oral antibiotics are often used for several days and pain medications are often prescribed. As with any
medication, if there are any reactions, please stop the medication and call the office.