Postsurgical Care

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You will most likely be feeling, and breathing, much better immediately after your surgery. However, don’t mistake or underestimate the amount of surgery that you have just been through because you feel good. All types of surgery require a healing phase. During this time, it’s more important than ever to rest and take care of yourself. When you get home, get into bed. Enlist your friend to stay with you the first night, just in case you don’t feel well. Grab a light meal and relax. Take all of the medicines that your surgeon has prescribed for you. Also, take all of your other prescribed medications for asthma, high blood pressure, and so on should you need them. Get a good night’s sleep. A vaporizer/humidifier by your bedside, especially during the late fall and winter, may make you feel more comfortable.

The next morning you will probably be slightly congested. You can take a nice warm shower and inhale the water from the shower. The more you inhale, and then either swallow or spit out, the more comfortable you will feel. Put your face in the shower water, turn away and then inhale. Repeat this a few times. You may also wash your hair.

For the next few days after surgery, you may experience some discomfort. The following list of symptoms are all considered to be in the normal range:

■ Mild bleeding or oozing

■ Mild and possibly moderate sinus headache

■ Slight nausea

■ Coughing up bloody material

■ Nasal congestion

Although extremely rare, immediately notify your surgeon if you experience:

■ Visual disturbances

■ Severe facial swelling

■ Severe unrelenting headaches

■ Moderate nausea and/or vomiting

■ Eye protrusion or swelling

■ Excessive bleeding

■ High fever (above 101 °F)

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