POSTOPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS

FOR NASAL AND SINUS SURGERY

Diet

Patients who have received general anesthesia  it is therefore preferable to eat a bland light meal or a liquid diet on the first day after the surgery.

General Information

1. Sit in a recliner or use two or three pillows when sleeping.

2. Take the pain killers with some food .

3. You may take a shower with lukewarm (not hot) water.

4. Do not remove packing or splints if present. You may have to breathe from your mouth if the splints get occluded with mucous or clots. This may cause a dry mouth. It is therefore very important to drink a lot and maintain adequate hydration.

5. Bleeding is expected for two to three days after surgery. Just change the drip pad as needed and keep the nostril clean.

6.To clean the nostrils, use a Q-tip moistened with hydrogen peroxide or ointment  to gently dissolve the crusting and discharge.

Care after removal of packs or splints

1. Do not blow your nose for at least one week from the day of surgery. Avoid heavy lifting or straining.

2. If you have to sneeze, please do it with your mouth open. This prevents excessive pressure build-up and bleeding from the nose.

3. Do not take Aspirin or products containing acetyl salicylic acid. Aspirin prevents clotting and increases the bleeding.

4. For 20-25 days after the removal of the nasal splints or packs, use saline spray  6 to 8 times daily to keep the mucosa moist and to help loosen the crusts.

Medications

An antibiotic is usually prescribed for seven to ten days following the surgery. You may also receive a prescription for painkillers .

Dr. Kyriakides can be reached by calling at 99353873. The doctor can also be reached by calling his secretary 22200638.