Rhinoplasty – How Long Does Pain Last After Surgery?
How much discomfort should I expect?
The level of pain varies, but most patients report that it is mild to moderate.
How long will my nose hurt after surgery?
Pain of any intensity usually lasts 36 to 72 hours, but it may last longer if the nose is manipulated or bumped.
However, your nose may remain tender or sensitive to touch for up to three months.
How should I deal with my pain?
There are numerous methods for reducing pain:
1. Use acetaminophen and other pain medications as prescribed by your doctor; 2. After consulting with your doctor, consider a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen.
3. Use cold compresses or ice packs on the cheeks; 4. Consult your doctor about head positioning and nasal hygiene; and 5. Avoid strenuous activity.
When should I seek medical attention for persistent pain?
Call your doctor if medications do not relieve your pain, if your pain is getting worse rather than better, or if your pain lasts more than 48 hours after surgery.
What pain relievers am I permitted to take?
Acetaminophen is safe, but ibuprofen or other medications should be discussed with your doctor.
Homeopathic preparations (for example, Arnica montana) can have side effects that interfere with healing; therefore, use them only if your doctor has specifically approved them.
The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (www.entnet.org), one of the country’s oldest medical organizations, represents approximately 12,000 physicians and allied health professionals who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the ears, nose, throat, and related head and neck structures.
The Academy serves its members by advancing the science and art of otolaryngology medicine and by representing the specialty in governmental and socioeconomic issues.
Through education, research, and lifelong learning, the AAO-HNS Foundation works to advance the art, science, and ethical practice of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery.
What can my surgeon do to help me feel less pain during surgery?
Local anesthetics are frequently used by surgeons during surgery to reduce pain in the recovery room.
During surgery, some surgeons may administer intravenous steroids to reduce pain and swelling.