Septoplasty and Turbinate reduction


Over 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.


There are no dietary restrictions and you may eat as soon as food is tolerated.


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

Please make an appointment 2 weeks after surgery unless advised otherwise. 

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) 4632 3179 for further instructions.  

Dr Morrissey shares ‘on-call’ arrangements with other ENT surgeons and one is usually available to answer questions.

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.