What is Life After Sinus Surgery

Ethmoidectomy, maxillary antrostomy, and septoplasty with motor-assisted turbinoplasty are different procedures, but what happens after surgery is similar.

You will have a little swelling and tenderness inside the nose after surgery, but it is normal. You may have symptoms such as a severe cold or a sinus infection. This is due to swelling, dried blood, mucus, and crusts on the nose. To help your nose and sinuses heal, your doctor may recommend nasal wash or saline spray and antibiotic lubricants.

After surgery, it is important to take good care of your nose and sinuses so that they heal properly and prevent or minimize scarring. Here are some suggestions:

  • Keep your head elevated to reduce bleeding and swelling after the operation. The first night after surgery, raise your head with more pillows or sleep in a recliner.
  • If you have plugging material and splints in your nose, make sure they stay in place. If the plug is blocked, breathe through your mouth. Do not remove the plug or splints.
  • A little bleeding is normal for 2 to 3 days after the operation. If you think the bleeding is excessive, contact your doctor.
  • Do not lift heavy objects or exert strenuous effort or exercise. This increases the possibility of nosebleeds.
  • If you have to sneeze, try to do it with your mouth open.

Depending on your surgery, you may be asked to return for a follow-up visit 3-7 days after the operation. During that visit, your doctor will remove the plug, make sure the surgery site is healing as expected, and give you more instructions on how to care for your nose and sinuses.

Daily Life

When your nose and sinuses have completely healed, you should be able to return to your normal activity level. Sinus symptoms should improve and you may get fewer sinus infections in the future. However, the surgery cannot be guaranteed to work.