DO: Meet with your doctor for post-op visits
The post-operative care is essential to your receiving the best results after sinus surgery. Patients are seen starting one week after surgery in the office and then as frequently as necessary to examine the sinus area with an endoscope, clean your nose and sinuses, and to make sure you are healing properly.
Postoperative visits are perhaps the most important after-surgery care a patient can receive.
DO: Follow at-home instructions. (will be given to you at your day of release)
In addition, you must also be sure to irrigate your sinuses twice daily, using sterile saline. Sleeping in an elevated position for the first two to three weeks following surgery is also recommended, since it will make for better nasal airflow and less nasal congestion.You should call your doctor if you feel as if you are bleeding excessively or head towards the closest hospital.
DON’T: Blow your nose for the first 14 days after surgery, to allow for the delicate tissues to heal properly. If you have to sneeze, try your best to sneeze with your mouth open. You are advised also to avoid to engage in contact sports for six weeks after surgery.
Furthermore, it is recommended that you skip the gym and take care not to sign up for any physically demanding contact sports or work for a period of at least 2-3 weeks, otherwise you are susceptible to nasal bleeding due to the stress placed on your body.
DON’T: Take aspirin or ibuprofen.
Do not take aspirin or NSAIDs while your nose is healing. They will prevent clotting and potentially increase bleeding.
Special post-operative instructions is given in written form to each patient after surgery.