Jan 30

I am interested in rhinoplasty but I am relatively active and an avid diver and I want to know how long it would be before I can go diving after surgery.

At Profiles, we discuss your postoperative care and routine in great depth prior to your surgery in order to address all your concerns. A couple of relevant points for you are that postoperatively you will find that for a dew days your nose is swollen and congested. After that initial period, we try to minimize the possibility of trauma to your newly operated nose or bleeding from your nose.

As such, we tell our patients to avoid sniffing after surgery and to avoid blowing your nose if possible. This generally will not relieve the sensation of blockage – it will only aggravate it because the suction created on the inside will cause more swelling. Not only will this aggravate the swelling, but also it may cause infection, bleeding, or the accumulation of scar tissue inside the nose.

Diving after Rhinoplasty

We obviously wouldn’t want you to have a nose bleed while you’re in the water. Can you imagine the sharks?

If a turbinate resection is part of your nasal procedure, bleeding can occur from this area for up to six weeks after your surgery. Therefore, your exercise regimen needs to be curtailed at least to some extent for the first few weeks following surgery. Upper body exercise is especially prohibited, as it is more likely to cause turbinate bleeding. No strenuous athletic activity for one month, including swimming, jogging, aerobics, etc. And as for your specific concern, we recommend no diving to our patients for two months.

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