Are you weighing the benefits of an office based nasal and sinus surgery but you’re not sure what to expect during recovery? At Memorial Village ENT in Houston, Texas, nasal and sinus specialist Dr. Conrad McCutcheon performs in-office nasal and sinus surgery to open your nasal passageway and sinus cavities to improve your breathing.
Recovering from office based nasal and sinus surgery doesn’t take as long as those that are done in outpatient or hospital settings, but it’s important to carefully follow your post-op instructions to ensure you heal well. Here, Dr. McCutcheon offers tips for recovering from in-office nasal and sinus surgery.
Recovering from office based nasal and sinus surgery
In any surgery, recovery is an important part of the process. During your recovery period, your body heals from surgery. You can make your recovery as smooth as possible by knowing what to expect as you heal and taking the time to rest and nourish your body.
While office-based nasal and sinus surgery is easier on your body than an open surgery done at an outpatient surgery center or hospital, you should still prepare to experience some discomfort and nasal swelling and know how to change a drip pad that collects blood or mucous. Depending on your line of work, you may be ready to get back on the job as early as the next day, but it may take longer if you have a more physically intensive job.
You can further support your body during recovery by taking medication as directed, following all post-op nasal and sinus care instructions, eating balanced meals, and limiting physical activity until cleared to increase your activity level.
You must stop taking some medications — like blood thinners — prior to surgery. After your procedure, Dr. McCutcheon will inform you when it’s safe to resume your normal medications.
You may also receive prescriptions for pain medication, steroids, or antibiotics. Take all medications as prescribed. If you’re prescribed antibiotics after your surgery, it’s important to finish the entire dose, even if you feel fine.
Tip: Use a medication app to track your medicines.
After any nasal and sinus surgery, Dr. McCutcheon provides instructions specific to your case. In general, you can expect to:
- Change a drip pad, especially during your first 24 hours post-op
- Refrain from blowing your nose for two weeks
- Sleep with your head elevated
- Use a humidifier to keep the air in your home moist
- Use saline sprays and washes as directed
In addition, you may find that cold compresses help reduce swelling and discomfort.
Eating well-balanced meals is important after any surgery, including nasal and sinus surgery. Some people find that the anesthesia affects their digestive system. If you feel nauseous or constipated, know that both of these are normal experiences after surgery.
If you feel nauseous, try eating bland foods such as plain rice, mashed potatoes, yogurt, or boiled chicken. If you’re struggling with constipation, eat plenty of fiber-rich foods, including whole grains, prunes, and fresh fruit.
Getting plenty of rest is good for your body as it heals. While walking is good for recovery, strenuous exercise isn’t generally recommended. As a bonus, walking also helps combat post-op constipation.
In addition, you shouldn’t bend over or lift heavy items immediately after surgery. Once Dr. McCutcheon clears you to resume your normal physical activity, gradually ease back into your routine.
Recover well, and breathe easier
While it can take a few weeks to feel like yourself again, nasal and sinus surgery can be your solution for relief from nasal polyps, nasal valve collapse, and chronic sinus infections. We know the thought of nasal and sinus surgery can be overwhelming, but we are here to walk you through each step of your journey.
If you’re ready to explore the benefits of an office based nasal and sinus surgery, schedule an appointment with Dr. McCutcheon by calling 281-822-3777. You can also request an appointment online today.