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What should I expect after sinus surgery?

After the operation, you’ll be brought out of anesthesia and taken to a recovery room. There, you’ll be observed for a while to make sure there are no complications.

If you’re doing well, you’ll be discharged to go home. You won't be able to drive right after sinus surgery so make sure you have someone to drive you home. Before you leave, you’ll get instructions about what should happen while your nose and sinuses heal, when to get immediate attention, and when to schedule follow-up appointments.

Things to Know about the Recovery Period

You will be under medication for a few days. You will need postoperative visits to clean your nose and sinuses of fluid and blood left behind after the surgery. 

After sinus surgery you can expect to experience:

  • Bleeding - It is normal to have some bloody discharge for the first few days after sinus surgery.
  • Pain - You’ll experience some nasal and sinus pressure and pain for the first several days after surgery. 
  • Fatigue - You can expect to feel tired for the first 5-7 days after surgery. It is recommended to take at least a few days off from work to recover. 
  • Nasal congestion and discharge - You can expect to have nasal congestion and discharge for 2-3 weeks after your sinus surgery. 

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