Postoperative Expectations/ Instructions:
- Activity: Light activity for two weeks. No lifting over 10 pounds
- Discomfort: Discomfort levels vary from patient to patient. You will receive a prescription for narcotic pain medication that will be needed for 2-3 days. Most people need a minimum of 3 days off work with a maximum of one week due to discomfort.
- Nasal Congestion: For the first week after surgery, your head will feel stuffy - this is normal. This is because you will have swelling of the mucous membranes of your nose, which will gradually decrease over the next few weeks. Nasal packing may or may not be left in place after surgery. If you do have packing, you will need to follow up in our office approximately 5-7 days after surgery.
- Nose Blowing: No nose blowing. Also, if you have to sneeze, do so with your mouth open. The walls between your eye and sinuses are very thin and nose blowing may blow air into the tissue around your eye and cause it to swell. The air will absorb, so there is no treatment needed. If the tissue around your eye turns black and blue with pain, then contact our office. Vision problems are another rare event. If this occurs call your doctor.
- Forehead pressure: If you had image guided (computer assisted) surgery, then a frame was placed snuggly around your forehead and it may be sore or red where the suction cups were placed.
- Drainage: You may experience some bloody discharge, which is normal postoperatively. Use a gauze pad under your nose to collect the blood. Its not uncommon to change 3 gauze pads an hour until the next day. If you are concerned, please call. If you get profuse, clear unilateral nasal drainage, try to collect it in a cup and call. This may be the fluid that surrounds your brain. This is a very rare complication.
- Irrigation: You will receive an information sheet explaining how to create and use a mixture for irrigation. You may also use store-bought saline spray. You will need to irrigate your nose 4-5 times a day. Begin irrigating the morning after surgery, as it is critical to the healing process.
- Diet: Start with liquids. Once this is tolerable, advance to soft foods then a regular diet. Your throat might be sore from the breathing tube for a few days.
- Fever: Contact our office with any temperature of 102° F or higher.
- Follow-up: Follow up in about 5-10 days to make sure the sinuses are healing properly and to remove any packing or debris. As a general rule, you can expect three to five visits during the first two months after surgery. As always, call with any questions, problems, or concerns.
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