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I had that done about 15 years ago, but in my case, they also had to fix my nose itself. The surgeon explained that part by saying it would be like fixing the walls in a house that was leaning...thanks doc
Anyway, if your experience is like mine, which it very well may not be, it will be closer to a month. I don't know how much of the pain was attributable to the nose versus the septum, but my guess is the nose had a huge role in it.
I spent 2 weeks sleeping in a recliner. Lying flat seemed to create too much painful pressure in my sinus area. Another issue was eating and drinking, especially right after the surgery. Don't make the mistake of trying to suck a smoothie through a straw!
With that said, in spite of it being one of the most painful experiences of my life, I am glad I had it fixed. If you can't breath through your nose you will never sleep well and that is no small problem. Hang in there and just remember that you'll get through it and it will be worth it!!