After Balloon Sinuplasty
Symptoms vary case by case. Most patients have very minimal pain. If a pain medication is prescribed, take as ordered. If none was prescribed, take acetaminophen (Tylenol) according to package directions. DO NOT take aspirin, ibuprofen or any other medications containing aspirin. These products may increase bleeding. If you experience any bright, red bleeding that lasts for more than 10 minutes, or is heavy, please contact the office immediately at 440-349-6673. (Please note that you may experience an accumulation of old, dark reddish-brown blood post surgery which is normal).
You may have two to three postoperative visits. The purpose of these visits is to clean an examine the operative site. This helps in healing and improves nasal breathing. If packing is left in your nose, it will be removed at your first postoperative visit with minimal discomfort. Your postoperative visit will be 7-10 days after surgery
Avoid bending over and lifting heavy objects (over 10 pounds) during the first week after surgery. Other strenuous activities should be increase gradually over a one week period. These activities can place pressure on the operative site and may cause bleeding. Most patients return to work within a day after the procedure.
It is important that you DO NOT blow your nose until your first postoperative visit. Blowing the nose can cause bleeding. You may sniff back secretions and spit them out. If you must sneeze, do so with your mouth open. Sneezing through your mouth reduces pressure and discomfort on the operative site.
Suggestions for Comfort
- When resting, keep your head elevated on two or three pillows. This position will help you feel more comfortable because it helps decrease swelling. It also allows for better drainage of nasal discharge.
- Use a cool vapor humidifier at your bedside, as needed. This will help lossen secretions and prevent crusting.
- Use saline (salt water) spray three to four times a day during the first week after the procedure. This will keep secretions thin and crusting minimal.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office at 440-349-6673 or 330-626-2211.