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Is sinus surgery painful?

Most patients are able to keep pain under control with oral pain pills after this procedure.

The procedure itself is not considered painful, but not everyone tolerates pain the same way. You might experience some pain at the follow-up appointment when the doctor removes the nasal packing from your nose. This happens because the tissue and fluid inside your nose might stick to the packing material, making it difficult to remove.

The pain you experience after the procedure may also depend on which sinus surgery was performed. There are two main types of sinus surgeries:

  • Balloon Sinus Surgery - is the least invasive of sinus surgeries
  • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery - with a longer recovery period

Usually, patients should plan to be away from work or school for several days after the surgery. The doctor will give specific instructions for a speedy recovery and prescribe post-operative pain medication.

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