After the surgery and while your nose is healing, you will be told not to blow your nose. If you need to keep your nose clear it is always best to sniff rather than blow. A nasal spray will help you keep your nose from drying out while you are recovering. The nasal spray will also help to decrease the drainage and keep your nose clear. Another benefit of the nasal spray is a decreased amount of bleeding.
Physical activity is not recommended during the recovery process. For the first 2 weeks you will be advised to avoid climbing stairs, lifting anything heavy and bending. Exercise and any other type of strenuous activity needs to be avoided for the first 14 days following the surgery, once the 2 week period is over, you will be advised to slowly start following your normal routine. You will be sent home with pain relievers as well as antibiotics and you should finish your course of antibiotics to limit the possibility of infection. Pain killers like aspirin and ibuprofen should be avoided as they thin the blood which might increase the chance of excessive bleeding.
It is important to be watchful for signs of complications such as infection and excessive bleeding. If bleeding is frequent and strong it might be a good idea to get back to your doctor for a check-up. Also check for signs of infection such a high temperature accompanied by pain and swelling at the incision. Aside from bleeding and infection, undergoing anaesthesia always carries a certain amount of risk. This includes an allergic reaction to the medication or a blocked airway. In a few cases, the loss of smell was shown as a complication from a septoplasty as was a hole found in the septum. These complications are very rare and many doctors feel that driving a car is riskier than undergoing septoplasty.