You will have a drip pad under your nose to collect mucus and
blood. Change it only when it bleeds through. You may have to do this every
hour for 24 hours after surgery.
You may have some swelling of
your nose, upper lip, cheeks, or around your eyes. Your nose may be sore and
will bleed. You may feel "stuffed up" like you have a bad head cold. This will
last for several days after surgery.
The tip of your nose and your
upper lip and gums may be numb. Feeling will return in a few weeks to a few
months. Your sense of smell will not be as good after surgery. It will improve
and probably return to normal in 1 to 2 months.
You will probably
be able to return to work or school in about 1 week and to your normal routine
in about 3 weeks. However, this varies with your job and the extent of your
surgery. Most people feel normal in 1 to 2 months.
You will have
to visit your doctor regularly for 3 to 4 months after your surgery. Your
doctor will check to see that your sinuses are healing well.
care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to
recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below
to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and
call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your
test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek
immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to
contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
July 29, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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