Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

Endoscopic Sinus Surgery - Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

Quite simply, this surgery removes any blockages in the sinuses that have resulted in chronic sinusitis. Surgery improves the drainage of the sinuses, which – in turn – greatly improves the airflow through the nasal cavity. The skin of the nose is not cut, so patients can return home the same day as the surgery. Some of our Endoscopic Sinus Surgery patients may also be candidates for our newest technology – Balloon Sinuplasty Surgery. Call our office to see which surgery may be most effective with your particular nasal issues.

Pre / Post Operative Instructions For Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

General Instructions

  • DIET: After surgery, have only liquids for the rest of the day. Advance to a regular diet the next day.
  • Take medication, as prescribed, for pain. Do not take any aspirin products for one week after surgery.
  • Change “mustache” dressing as needed, but do not remove any packing or dressings on the bridge of your nose.
  • Do not shower or get the bandage wet.
  • Do not sleep in a position that puts pressure on the nose. Sleep on your back.
  • Elevate your head for two weeks after surgery to reduce swelling.
  • Do not place anything in your nose. Do not blow your nose for two weeks.
  • You may spray nasal Saline in your nose three times a day starting on day three after surgery if you have problems with congestion (some congestion is normal after surgery for up to three months)

Normal Problems

  • You will not be able to breathe through your nose.
  • Headache and pain around the eyes that can be controlled with medication.
  • Thin, bloody drainage that lessens and stops within a few days.

Abnormal Problems

  • Fever of greater than 101 degrees F (38.5 C) that does not respond to fluids and Tylenol.
  • Foul odor or pus coming from the nose.
  • If excessive bleeding should occur, call the office immediately.