Septoplasty and Turbinate reduction


During the first 2 weeks after surgery you will feel quite tired and ‘run down’. Your nose will feel very congested as if you have a cold or flu. To maximise recovery:


Try to keep your head up as much as possible. Keep head elevated when resting, and sleep with 2 pillows. Avoid stooping over.


It is normal to have nasal ooze for the first 24 hours, which will reduce by half each day. Minor bleeding is expected for 3-4 days post-op.

Major bleeding is rare but can occur and is typically quite profuse. If this happens please attend the nearest hospital emergency department or call an ambulance.


There are no dietary restrictions and you may eat as soon as food is tolerated. A cool diet helps in the first few days to minimise bleeding.


The maximum discomfort will occur the first couple of days after surgery. You may experience some headaches. Please take the pain medication as prescribed.


Minor bruising and swelling is to be expected around the eyes and face, which may be more apparent in the mornings.

When to call the Doctor

Please call if you experience:


Follow Up Appointment

At the time you book your surgery a post-operative appointment will usually be organised. Please contact Dr Morrissey if you are unsure as to the appointment details.

Nasal splints and dressings (if used in your surgery) will be removed at this visit.

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.