BALLOON SINUPLASTY POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS:
Physical Activity Guidelines:
– In most cases, patients are able to resume normal activity the day after procedure
– Wait 12 hours after the procedure to resume normal exercise
What to expect following the procedure:
Unfortunately, it is common to feel as though you have a sinus infection due to the swelling caused by the procedure. It may take about 1 month for the final outcome.
– Mild discomfort is normal and expected with any surgical procedure, take your pain medication as needed, but driving is prohibited while taking narcotic medications (i.e. Percocet)
– It is very common to have significant nasal congestion and problems breathing through the nose for up to a week. It is also relatively common to have some colored and/or bloody nasal drainage for several days to a week.
– Absolutely no nose blowing for the first 12 hours after the procedure. After that you may GENTLY blow your nose. If your nose bleeds after blowing, wait an additional 12 hours before attempting it again. If your nose is very clogged, feel free to use nasal saline spray or nasal irrigation (i.e. Neittipot) as often as you would like.
What can be done to minimize discomfort?
To minimize discomfort and achieve the best surgical outcome, please follow the following instructions:
– Use saline spray or nettipot to rinse the nose starting this evening, and continue 2-3 times a day for the next week
– Take all medications as prescribed (do not use aspirin or ibuprofen for the first 48 hours)
– To minimize morning nasal congestion, it is helpful to sleep with your head elevated on several pillows for 2-3 days. If this is not comfortable or possible, you will do no harm by sleeping flat, however you may be more congested in the morning.
Schedule a followup appointment for 1 week following the procedure