Sinus Post Operative Care

Immediately Following Your Visit

Please visit your local pharmacy and pick up Claritin and Afrin. Take Claritin for 5 days and Afrin for 2 days to help heal your sinuses heal quickly. Additionally, you will receive a prescription for Augmentin which needs to be taken right away.

For the next week

Avoid blowing your nose to allow the sinuses to heal correctly. Furthermore, sneeze with your mouth open to prevent added pressure on your sinuses.

Pain:

If it is necessary, you will be provided with a prescription for medication. This can be filled at any drugstore and should be used as directed. Pain may be expected soon after the surgery and will reach its maximum during the first few hours. It is recommended that the prescription be started approximately 1-2 hours after the surgery and continued as directed.
If no prescription pain medication is prescribed, 600 mg of Ibuprofen or Tylenol are great for dental pain. It is recommended to start the pain medication before the anesthesia wears off to avoid discomfort. The pain medication should be continued for the next 24-48 hours or as needed.

Nourishment:

Nourishment should not be neglected. On the day of surgery, a light diet is recommended (instant breakfast, Jell-O, soups, shakes, etc.). The following day, a soft diet to a regular diet as tolerated may be started. The patient should not use a straw for several, since this may dislodge the blood clot.


Activities:

Activities for the first 24 hours should be minimal. Rest quietly with your head elevated. Smoking should be discontinued for at least 3 days. Do not expect to return to work or normal activities immediately. Two to three days’ rest is recommended and subsequently resuming activities as they are tolerated. Vigorous physical activities and sports should not be resumed until the surgical areas are comfortable, swelling is resolved and a normal diet is possible.

Emergency

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office at 303-477-7776. We are here to help you heal and feel comfortable and confident.