Surgery doesn’t cure rhinitis and allergy, most people still need to use medication like a steroid nasal spray before and after surgery.
Keep using your steroid nasal spray every day until surgery to get the best result from surgery.
Take 2 weeks off to recover.
Stay within one hour of a hospital for 2 weeks after surgery in case bleeding occurs.
Rinsing with saline four times a day for 6 weeks is the most important thing to get a good outcome.
What is this for and is it effective?
The nasal septum is a wall that divides the nose into left and right sides, starting at the tip of the nose and extending almost to the very back of the throat. A bent septum (septal deviation) can cause blocked nose and straightening the septum can improve it.
The turbinates are bones covered by the lining of the nose that run along the side wall of the nose from near the nostrils to near to the back of the throat. The lining over the turbinates swells up when you have a cold/virus, allergic rhinitis/hayfever or due to irritation for example when you are breathing in dust or smoke. The turbinates shrink or decongest when you are exercising or when you use medication to shrink them like steroid nasal sprays or tablets. Medication (steroid nasal spray) are usually very effective in reducing swollen turbinates. If the turbinates have been swollen for a long time, they may not shrink back to a normal size with medication and surgery may be needed. Reducing the size of the turbinates can help relieve blocked nose.
Surgery doesn’t cure allergy or irritation and most patients will need to start using Nasonex again after surgery to prevent the turbinates enlarging again.
19 of 20 people who have surgery for blocked nose have long term improvement. 1 of 20 have recurrent or persistent blocked nose due the septum moving again, the turbinates enlarging again or scar tissue (adhesions) forming.