Septoplasty/Sinus Surgery & Rhinoplasty

Instructions for Post Operative Care

Septoplasty/Sinus Surgery and Rhinoplasty

  1. Keep head elevated on two pillows. Change gauze pads as needed. If packing is placed, this will be removed within the first two to three days.
  2. Take oral antibiotics and decongestants if prescribed. Saline nasal sprays are to be started after packing is removed.
  3. Use cool mist humidifier in bedroom.
  4. Take Tylenol or Tylenol with Codeine as prescribed. Do not take aspirin or aspirin containing compounds such as Advil, Motrin, Nuprin, Naprosyn, etc. , two weeks prior to and two weeks after surgery.
  5. Liquid diet for the first twenty-four to forty-eight hours increasing to soft foods and your regular diet as tolerated.
  6. No heavy exercising, aerobics or lifting for two weeks.
  7. No nose blowing for two weeks.
  8. Notify Dr. Setzen if there is persistent bright red blood from the mouth or nose.
  9. No hot or spicy foods and no hot baths for the first week.

For Rhinoplasty Patients, please follow all of the above, plus:

  1. Nasal cast may stay on for one week. Black and blue may be present for one to two weeks.
  2. Ice compresses around the eyes for the first twenty-four hours.
  3. No eye glasses on nose for six weeks. No contact sports for six weeks. Tape eye glasses to forehead or wear contact lenses.
  4. No hot showers above the neck for one week.
  5. Avoid direct prolonged sun exposure to nose for six to twelve months. Use no less than 20 SPF lotion on nose.
  6. Suggested herbal therapy to control bruising – SinEcch or Arnica (obtain from vitamin or health store).

Our Locations

Michael Setzen Otolaryngology, PC great neck location
600 Northern Blvd.
Suite 113
Great Neck, NY 11021

Tel: 516-829-0045
Fax: 516-829-0441


Michael Setzen Otolaryngology, PC manhattan
130 East 77th Street
10th Floor
New York, NY 10075

Tel: 516-829-0045
Fax: 516-829-0441

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Office Opening

As the curve of the pandemic seems to be flattening, Dr. Setzen has decided to open his office with appropriate safety precautions according to the CDC and the New York Department of Health guidelines on Monday, May 18th, 2020. We look forward to seeing you back in the office, please call and make an appointment at 516-829-0045.

Covid-19 Patient information

This message is for all of our patients, we hope all are staying safe, healthy, and following all the necessary guidelines presented by both the state and Federal Government. Due to recent reports concerning the Coronavirus, we are monitoring the CDC and NYDOH websites and taking necessary precautions. If you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath and have recently traveled to China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Italy, or Iran, or you have been exposed to someone potentially infected with the Coronavirus, please contact the NYS Department of Health at 1-888-364-3065 instead of scheduling an appointment at our office if you are exhibiting signs and symptoms of an upper respiratory illness (cold or flu-like symptoms).

Any patients complaining of any recent loss of smell or taste, could potentially be at risk for COVID-19 and should seriously consider being tested.

I will continue to be available for both new and existing patients by phone and via Zoom, Skype, and Facetime as part of telemedicine. Or you can visit us at our office after Monday, May 18th, 2020.