Sinus surgery is most often performed to improve the drainage of the sinuses by removing damaged or inflamed tissue, a small amount of bone, or polyps that have formed inside the nose, all of which can create blockage that leads to an infection in your sinus cavity. When it is performed, sinus surgery is usually considered a last resort option to remove seriously blockage from infected sinuses.
Post Sinus Surgery Complications
While this type of surgery can be very successful, especially when paired with antibiotics and home treatment to prevent any future infections, there’s always a chance that problems can arise again, and may even require a second surgery. Because there is a chance of further complications, it is very important that patients are aware of the potential signs of infection after sinus surgery is performed. These signs typically occur within the first six weeks following your surgery and are most commonly treated with a course of antibiotics.
What to Look For:
- High Fever – One of the first signs of infection after sinus surgery is a fever over 101.5℉ within the first two weeks following your operation.
- Foul Odor in the Nose
- Discolored Secretions from the Nose – Drainage that is yellow or green in color can be one of the signs of infection after sinus surgery.
- Increasing Facial Pain and Pressure
- Headache – A severe headache along with fever that doesn’t improve with pain medication can indicate meningitis, a serious brain infection, although this is extremely rare.
It is very important for post-operative patients to follow all surgery after care instructions to prevent complications. If you have experienced any of these possible signs of infection after sinus surgery, it is recommended that you contact the offices of your surgeon at (214) 785-6811 in Plano or (972) 954-2030 in Frisco. An infection can lead to serious consequences and these signs should not be taken lightly.