What to Expect
During the operation, your nose was packed with sponge packings to absorb any drainage from the site of surgery. In addition, small plastic supports (called stents) were attached to the septum of your nose with a stitch. The packings and stents will be removed before you leave the hospital or shortly thereafter. The other stitches in the gum line will dissolve on their own. You may feel a numbness in your upper lip, gum or teeth. This generally improves or disappears over time.
Almost all people who have had this type of surgery will require several weeks to fully recover. You may feel easily tired and should avoid strenuous activity until you have had a follow-up appointment with your doctor and have discussed increasing your activity level. It is important, however, to avoid prolonged bed rest, which can lead to lung problems and blood clots in the legs. Going for walks, either inside or outside, and then resting when you are tired is a good way to get the exercise you need.
Dos and Don'ts
Contact us immediately if:
The above symptoms are some of the most serious that may arise but do not include all potential post-operative problems. When in doubt, it is better to call and ask.
Contact information and follow ups
During business hours you should call your attending physician's office with any questions. For emergencies after business hours call 401-444-5611 and ask for the neurosurgical resident on call.
Call your attending physician's office after you are discharged from the hospital to arrange for stitch/staple removal and necessary follow up appointments.
You should also schedule a follow up appointment with your primary care physician. If you do not have a general doctor, you can call the Lifespan Heath Connection at 401-444-4800 for a referral.