If you have been recommended by your doctor to undergo Septoplasty, the following steps should be followed to ensure you are well prepared for your surgery.
Health Exam: Your doctor will prescribe a series of tests to ensure you are healthy to undergo the surgery. You would require a blood test to check your overall parameters, including checking the clotting and bleeding time. You will be asked about your medical history as well as allergies. If you have had any reactions to anesthesia in the past, you must mention it to your doctor.
Medications: You must discuss all your medications with your doctor as some medications, for instance, blood thinners like Aspirin, may need to be stopped days before the procedure.
Habits: You would be required to stop alcohol as well as smoking for days before the procedure as well as 2-3 weeks after the procedure or else it could drastically reduce the healing process and could cause complications during the procedure. Smoking irritates nasal passages and is a major contraindication for this surgery.
Guidelines for the night before the surgery :
Don’t consume any food or water past midnight or at least 12 hours before the procedure.
If you have any infection or fever, you must inform your doctor immediately
If you are diabetic, monitor your sugar levels and in the case of abnormally high sugar levels, inform your doctor immediately.