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Post-Operative Instructions:
Procedures Involving the Sinus

The following will cover important information regarding proper post-surgical care for procedures involving the sinus. It will be important to follow these instructions exactly as we present them.

Discomfort is normal after any surgical procedure. If you are not allergic or intolerant to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, start taking ibuprofen (also known as Advil® or Motrin®) as instructed by your doctor at the time of your surgery. If you are asthmatic, do not take ibuprofen unless you have tolerated it in the past. Be certain to take your pain medicines with food; this will help prevent nausea. Take all other prescriptions as directed.

A decongestant, such as Claritin-D®, is a good choice while your sinus is healing. Take all prescribed antibiotics until they are all finished.

Do NOT disturb the wound. Avoid touching the wound, forceful spitting, and the use of a straw for several days after surgery.

Do not blow your nose for at least 2 weeks, as this may put undesired pressure on the sinus membrane that may delay healing. Only wipe your nose as needed.

Try not to sneeze with your mouth closed, as this may put undesired pressure on the sinus. If you must sneeze, try to keep your mouth open.

Do not smoke. Smoking will increase your bleeding. The nicotine and tar in tobacco impair healing of the sinus membrane and surgical site. Refrain from smoking for as long as possible.

Some bleeding or redness is normal for 24 hours. You can control excessive bleeding by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. Firm pressure works best, and it may take a few hours or even overnight before bleeding stops; sometimes, you may see a small amount of bleeding from your nose as well.

Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or foods. Soft foods and liquids can be consumed on the day of surgery. You may return to a normal diet 1–2 days after surgery unless otherwise directed.