In the past, nasal endoscopy or sinus surgery has been done by means of external incisions or the process where the cut was made through the mouth or any part of the face. Back then, the process will require packing on gauze or anything that will help stop the bleeding. Traditional surgeries along this line were also painful and will mean a lot of discomfort on the part of the patient as well.
The process has evolved throughout the years though. Now, as the term suggests, a nasal endoscope is used in carrying out the procedure. This advancement in technology has helped a lot in lessening the pain and discomfort brought about by the process. While this is the case, however, undergoing a nasal surgery recovery requires the following post-operative instructions.
Start with Nasal Irrigations
Nasal irrigations are recommended to be done at least a day after the surgery. You have to remember though that this should not be done excessively or else bleeding may occur. Alongside this, you must not blow your nose as well until after two weeks after the surgery. Depending on your doctor’s instruction, some of you may need to forget about blowing your nose for more than two weeks. Just the same, however, you must not suppress the need to cough or sneeze just because you think these may cause pain. Remember to sneeze or cough with an open mouth though.
Choose your Activities Wisely
If you think you can get back to your normal chores right after the surgery, then think again. Make it a point that you do not bend too much after. You must not also lift heavy objects or perform extensive workouts if you have undergone sinus surgery. If you perform any of these within two weeks after you have been operated on, you will suffer from excessive bleeding, which of course, you do not want to happen. Wait until healing has completed before getting involved in these strenuous tasks.
Know which Medicines You Should and Should Not Take
If you are allowed to take the prescribed antibiotics by your doctor for a specific span of time, you have to take note that you cannot take anti-inflammatory drugs like naproxen, and ibuprofen as well as aspirin at least a week after the surgery. In case you are taking in Plavix, Coumadin or other blood-thinning medications, you must inform your physician about it. He will set a time with which you can resume taking them again. If you have any questions regarding taking medications after surgery, you must inform your healthcare provider about them.
Call Your Healthcare Provider if an Emergency Arises
In case you are alarmed about anything like bleeding, excessive pain, or swelling, after your operation, you must call your healthcare provider at once. If you experience fever above 100.5˚F, you must inform your physician right away. Do the same if you notice some changes in your vision, when you are experiencing neck stiffness or a continuing headache that worsens from time to time. It is important to notify your healthcare provider if ever you have eye swelling, and if there is clear, watery drainage from your nose.