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  1. Diet:  In the immediate post-operative recovery period, a liquid diet should be maintained.  You may feel temporarily drowsy and nauseated from the anesthesia.  You may experience some vomiting due to swallowing of blood during the surgery or from the anesthetic.  Medication is available for nausea.  When liquids are tolerated satisfactorily, the diet may be advanced to a regular diet. 
  2. Please do not use aspirin or Motrin products.  These products can increase the chances of bleeding during the first ten days after the operation.  Also remember that the prescribed pain medicine may contain Tylenol.  You must be careful when using additional Tylenol. 
  3. Activity:  Be careful with your nose,
  4. Protect your nose.  Avoid situations where your nose can be accidentally bumped or hit. Avoid blowing your nose.  It takes at least two weeks for the “incisions” inside your nose to heal.  Moderate sniffing is okay.
  5. Avoid bending, stooping, or lifting heavy objects (greater than 25 lbs.), as well as exposure to noxious fumes, dust, and dirt.
  6. Keep your head elevated at all times for the first week.  It may be helpful to sleep on a recliner or propped up on 2 pillows.
  7. Do not put anything inside your nose unless instructed to do so by your physician.  The crusting that is present is part of the normal healing process.  Do not try to remove the crusts.  It is very difficult to overuse the nasal saline spray.  This can help keep the crusting to as little as possible.
  8. Most patients can resume normal activity after the first scheduled post-operative appointment.
  9. Fever:  Some fever is to be expected.  A low-grade fever (101 F orally) is common during the first several days after the operation.  The increased temperature is often associated with inadequate fluid intake and should be treated by increasing fluid intake. Should the fever persist or go significantly higher, please call the office or the physician on call.
  10. Pain:  It is normal to experience pain as well as headaches after sinus surgery.  The “stopped up” feeling is also to be expected.  Use the medications prescribed by your physician as directed (usually a pain medication and an antibiotic).  Severe headaches should be reported to your physician.  If you feel the pain medication is not working or you are having a reaction to the medication, please contact us.
  11. Nasal packing:  You may have packing and/or splints inside your nose, which will obstruct your nasal breathing.  The “stopped up” feeling is also to be expected.  This can lead to significant head congestion and headaches.   The medications prescribed by your doctor will help.  Mouth breathing is to be expected especially at night.  A humidifier in the bedroom and antibiotic ointment applied to the lips and the outside of your nose can help reduce dryness and irritation while sleeping.  Using the normal saline spray in your nose four to six times a day for the first two weeks after surgery will also help.
  12. Bleeding:  Some bleeding is to be expected.  This can occur through the nose and down the back of the throat for the first one to two days after surgery.  Persistent bleeding or brisk bleeding requires attention.  Please notify your physician immediately. 
  13. Changes Involving the Eye:  Change in vision, blurred vision, swelling, tenseness, or pain around the eye should not occur.  If you not any changes involving the eye, please call your physician immediately.
  14. Changes involving mental abilities:  Changes involving levels of consciousness should be reported to your physician.  These may be related to medications, the anesthetic, or the surgery itself.  These changes should be reported to your physician immediately.
  15. A follow-up visit should be arranged for about one after the surgery. 
  16. Remember:  every body is different.”  It can take some people longer to heal than others.  Even though there are no external incisions, the inside of your nose will still take up to six weeks to heal.  Post-operative irrigations and care are very important.
  17. If you have further questions, please contact us.
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