The following are general instructions. There may be some variations in what you are told. If you have any questions, please ask your doctor or nurse to clarify these questions.
Following sinus surgery the nasal and sinus linings may take up to three months to return to normal. Because of this, you may experience nasal congestion, headaches or other nasal symptoms until the surgical site has healed.
1. Do not blow your nose, bend forward, lift heavy objects or strain yourself following surgery.
2. Expect some drainage from the front of the nose as well as the back of the nose. This may last for two weeks or more. This is due to the fact that the sinuses will accumulate some blood within them after surgery. Frequent use of over the counter saline spray is advised to keep packing and nasal tissue moist. Common brand names are Salinex or Ocean.
3. As noted above, your nose will be “stuffy” due to swelling of the area. Use Afrin Decongestant two sprays in each nostril, two to three times a day for one week, if instructed to do so.
4. Nasal packing may or may not be placed in the nose. Nasal packing will be removed within 24 to 48 hours. When the pack is removed in the office, expect your nose to bleed. (Therefore, please do not wear your Sunday whites to the office!)
5. Nasal steroid spray may be prescribed. Do not begin to use this until instructed at a post-op visit. Plan on using it on a regular basis for one or two years after the surgery.
6. Nasal/sinus surgery tends to be uncomfortable and you are encouraged to take pain medicines as prescribed. If an antibiotic is prescribed, take it as directed.
7. If you develop bleeding from your nose while at home, you may use approximately five sprays of Afrin on the bleeding side. Wait several minutes and use five more sprays of Afrin, wait several more minutes and use five more sprays of Afrin. If the bleeding then continues, call our office immediately.