When do I go home after surgery?

Endoscopic sinus surgery is done as an outpatient procedure. This means that you will go home on the same day without sleeping in the hospital.

Make sure you have someone to take you home after your surgery, as you may still be a little drowsy and tired from your general anaesthetic!

In some cases you may need to stay in the hospital overnight. This usually occurs if your surgery was more extensive or you have other medical conditions that may necessitate monitoring after surgery.

Since the surgery is done entirely through the nose, you will not have any visible scar or incisions.

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What activities should I avoid?

Once you get home, you should avoid any heavy lifting or straining (lifting heavy boxes, lifting weights) for 2 weeks after surgery to diminish the risk of nosebleeds.

Although it is important not to do intensive physical activity (weight lifting, spinning, yoga) during this recovery period, it is also important that you do not lie in bed for long periods of time and start walking and eating normally as early as possible to promote healing.

You should feel “back to normal” in terms of energy within 1 to 2 weeks after your surgery. You can start showering the morning after your surgery. You should avoid putting your head entirely in water (swimming in a pool or lake) for 2 to 3 weeks after your surgery.

You should also avoid blowing your nose until your first post-operative appointment (usually 1 to 2 weeks after surgery) to allow healing inside your nose. You can use your saline rinses to clean your nose instead.

Is sinus surgery painful?

Patients usually tolerate sinus surgery very well . You may experience mild headaches or pain inside your sinuses for about a week after surgery.

This mild level of pain should be relieved by the pain medications prescribed by your surgeons. If you experience severe pain that is not relieved by the pain medications prescribed, call your surgeon’s office.

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