Balloon Sinuplasty Post-Operative Instructions
You will be given a topical anesthetic during the procedure that will cause difficulty swallowing for up to 2 hours after the procedure. You are not to eat or drink for 2 hours after the procedure.
You can expect bleeding for the first 36 hours after the surgery, which will be caught by a nasal drip pad. You may change the pad as needed until bleeding stops. You may need to change the drip pad 3-4 times an hour for the first 6 hours after surgery.
No nose blowing after surgery for 1 week and no excercise for 72 hours.
Begin Afrin (oxymetazoline) over-the-counter nasal saline spray starting the night of surgery. Spray 2 sprays each nostril twice daily for 2-3 days as needed for persistent bleeding and congestion.
Begin nasal saline irrigations the morning after surgery. Expect old blood in the nasal wash. Remember not to blow your nose after irrigation.
Facial headache and pressure are normal after the procedure. Contact Dr. Kelsch for excessive bleeding, fever, chills, vision changes or severe headache not controlled by medications.
Follow up is usually 7-10 days after the procedure.