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Repair of a Deviated Septum (Septoplasty) - Risks

All surgery has a small risk of infection or bleeding. Also, septoplasty carries a small risk of a hole (perforation) forming in the septum. A perforation rarely requires treatment. Additional surgery may be needed if the perforation causes discomfort or an infection develops.

Streptococcus and staphylococcus bacteria appear normally in some people. Packing the nose after surgery in people who have these bacteria increases the risk of toxic shock syndrome. Call your doctor immediately if you have any of the following symptoms:

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  • A fever of 101°F (38.3°C) or higher
  • A headache
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • A rash that looks like sunburn
  • Chills
  • Signs of very low blood pressure, such as dizziness and fainting

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: October 14, 2013
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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