When extensive septoplasty is undertaken, or when partial turbinectomy or turbinoplasty is performed, the surgeon may wish to place a temporary intranasal pack. The goal is to pro -vide some compression of the septa] flaps and, in the case of turbinate surgery, to decrease the risk of postoperative bleeding. There are a number of commercially available packs. An intranasal pack is typically left in place at most overnight and removed the next morning.

External Splint

A great variety of splints are commercially available. In general, after placement of an appropriate adhesive, a small rectangular strip of Telfa is placed over the nasal dorsum to facilitate removal of the splint in 5 to 7 days. Tape is applied over the dorsum and the nasal tip. A splint is carefully applied.