There may be packing in the nose to prevent bleeding. The physician may remove this packing in one or two weeks or it may dissolve on its own. If the packing needs to be removed, it may be done in the physician's office for older, cooperative children, or may be done in the operation room under anesthesia. If packing is used, your child may be able to feel it in their nose. Your child should be told before surgery that they may feel like they have something in their nose when they wake up. If packing is not used, swelling may cause this feeling. Your child should know that they will not be allowed to forcefully blow their nose for a week or two.
If a septoplasty (straightening of the bone and cartilage in the center of the nose) is performed, then splints will be placed inside the nose at the end of the operation. These will be removed at the physician's office in one to two weeks and may cause some discomfort while they are in place.
At first, there may be some drainage from the nose. You may see a small piece of gauze taped under your child's nose, called a drip pad. This is usually only necessary for the first day, if at all. Drainage from the nose will likely be tinged with blood. Your child may cough or spit up some pink or brown mucus.
Your child may begin normal play after several days, but may need to stay home from school until the discomfort improves. Your child's physician may recommend the use of nasal ointment, salt water spray, or nasal steroid spray after surgery. If this is the case, please follow instructions carefully.