Nasal Septum and Turbinate Cautery

Return to Normal Activities

Most children recover quickly from nasal cautery. However, it is advisable to keep your child away from day-care, kindergarten and school for 1-2 days following surgery.

General activities can be resumed when your child feels up to it. Please avoid vigorous nasal blowing, active sports, rough play and heavy lifting for 2 weeks.

Pain relief

Children may experience some minor nasal discomfort following surgery.  Paracetamol (Panadol) or Ibuprofen (Nurofen) is usually all that is required. Please follow dosage instructions as advised by the manufacturer.

Should pain relief requirements exceed this, please contact Dr Morrissey.

Nose Care

Following the operation, there will often be some swelling within the nose and it may be blocked. This may take up to 4 weeks to settle down.

Dr Morrissey advises the use of a nasal saline spray (FESS) at least twice a day to help keep the nasal lining moist and facilitate recovery. This practice should continue until review by Dr Morrissey.


There are no restrictions on diet.


It is common to have a mild fever for the first 24hrs after the operation.  Please call Dr Morrissey’s rooms if there is a persistent fever greater than 38.5°C.

Bleeding / Discharge

On rare occasions there may be a small amount of bleeding from the nose. Usually this will settle with simple pressure over a few minutes. Should bleeding be excessive or prolonged (>10min duration), please seek medical review via Dr Morrissey or your nearest Emergency Department.

Follow Up Appointment

An appointment is usually arranged when you book for surgery around 4 weeks after the procedure.

How to contact Dr Morrissey

For non-emergency issues please call 07 4646 4275 for further instructions.

Dr Morrissey shares ‘on-call’ arrangements with other ENT surgeons and one is usually available to answer questions. After hours the "On Call" ENT surgeon can be contacted via the Toowoomba Base Hospital on (07) 4616 6000.

Should your concerns not be addressed via a phone call please present to your nearest Emergency Department.

In the event of an Emergency call 000 or attend the nearest Emergency Department.