Sinus Surgery/Septal Surgery, Nasal Surgery

General Instructions


NO LIFTING! NO STRAINING! NO BENDING! SNEEZE OUT OF YOUR MOUTH!

  • Change pad under nose as needed. You will be given 12 oval eye pads that are to be cut in half. You do not have to wear these, only if needed.
  • You have been given medications that made you drowsy and that will affect your reaction times. Therefore, do not drive, drink alcohol or make critical decisions for 24 hours.
  • Plan a quiet day at home and have someone stay with you the remainder of today and tonight.
  • Do not drive while on prescription pain medications.
  • You may shower or bathe.
  • Sleep with head elevated on two pillows.

Helpful Hints

You may clean inside and under your nose with hydrogen peroxide and Q-tips. If you have splints, keeping them clean with hydrogen peroxide will make them much easier to remove.

What to Expect

  • Bloody drainage for the first 2 days is normal.
  • Headache is common
  • Sore throat is common

Call Your Doctor 913-764-2737 for:

  • Temperature over 101º Fahrenheit in the first 48 hours.
  • Persistent vomitting.
  • Change in vision.
  • Swelling around eyes.
  • Severe headache not relieved by pain medications.
  • Bleeding that soaks the nasal pad every 1/2 hour.
  • Any questions concerning the surgery.

CALL YOUR PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR FOR FEVER AFTER 48 HOURS OR IF YOU DEVELOP A COUGH.

Medications

  • If you have bleeding, use Afrin® (oxymetazoline), 2 puffs in each nostril 3 times per day for 7 days. Do not use unless needed.
  • You will be given a prescription pain medication that may or may not be needed.
  • You will be given an antibiotic that should be taken according to the directions.

Follow-Up

You are scheduled to see your doctor in 2-5 days. You will be sent home with an ear syringe. Instructions for irrigation will be given on your first post-op visit or by the Day Surgery nurses. You may begin irrigating 48 hours after surgery, unless instructed otherwise. If you have any questions, call your doctor's medical assistant at 913-764-2737 during office hours.