Septal Cautery

Normal Post Operative Complaints

  • May have nasal discomfort and congestion for 7-10 days
  • Some bloody drainage is possible after surgery
  • May have irritation from cauterized blood vessels

Call the Office if You Notice Any of the Following

  • Excessive nosebleed
  • Pain not relieved by Tylenol or Motrin

Home Care Instructions

  • Apply a thin coat of antibiotic ointment to nose 2 times daily for 2 weeks
  • May return to school next day
  • Keep head elevated and cool mist humidifier in room at night
  • Avoid nose blowing for 2 weeks after procedure
  • Avoid picking at scabs in nose
  • For a nosebleed use Afrin 2 squirts to each nostril twice a day for 3 days and contact our office
  • Avoid strenuous activity and PE for 7 days after procedure


Thomas M. Andrews


Dr. Andrews specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of ear, nose and throat disorders of children and adolescents. His accreditations include Florida State Medical License and Ohio State Medical License. He is also a board member of the National Board of Medical Examiners and American Board of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery