The sinus membrane can heal properly if the operated side is clean and undisturbed. Therefore we ask that you follow these recommendations:
- DO NOT blow your nose for 3-4 weeks. Dabbing gently is acceptable.
- DO NOT put pressure on the operated side. (i.e. sneezing). Sneeze with your mouth open so that the pressure does not disrupt the sinus membrane. This is because the pressure from the sinus drains into the nose. Instead of AH-CHOO, it will be AH-CHAA.
- Nosebleeds on the operated side are considered normal, even up to several weeks following the procedure.
- Limit nasal sprays unless medically necessary, such as Asthma medication
- Please DO NOT smoke. Smoking can delay the healing process.
- Selling is normal on the operated side. Cold packs, such as a bag of frozen peas or crushed ice, can be used for the first 24 hours, 20 minutes on/20 minutes off.
- Head elevation is also helpful for the first 3-4 days. Lying flat or bending over may increase the swelling.
- Activity: Light exercise, such as evening walks, can begin the day following surgery, but do not lift heavy objects, bend, or return to strenuous activity for at least one week. Return to normal activities depends on your age and extent of the surgery.
If you have further concerns or questions, please give our office a call.
“On the night of my procedure, Dr. Guyette called me to see how I was feeling. I thought that was magnificent and it was greatly appreciated! I felt very cared for!” Gordon Stein