If you have chronic sinus problems that are not responding to more conservative treatment methods, then you may be a candidate for sinus surgery. Here is some information on what to expect before and after this type of procedure.
One of the main factors that will determine whether or not you need sinus surgery will be a thorough physical exam. When you come in for your tests, please make sure you bring your medical records if possible, including your health history as well as your history of sinus treatment. You may need to undergo a CT scan so that your doctor can get as accurate a picture as possible of your issue. If you and your doctor agree that a surgical procedure will be the best alternative, then you will need to provide your consent so the procedure can be scheduled.
Sinus Surgery Preparations
You may need to have a blood test and/or a chest X-ray if your medical history indicates these types of evaluations are needed. In the days leading up to the surgery, your doctor may recommend the use of oral steroids or antibiotic therapy to help reduce the chances a serious infection sets in. If an infection does develop, your surgery may need to be delayed. Please do not take any aspirin for at least 10 days before the procedure, and do not take any anti-inflammatories for at least five days before. Also, do not smoke for three weeks prior. Smoking could result not only in excessive scarring, but could also result in an unsuccessful operation.
You may experience some bloody nasal discharge for a couple of weeks after the surgery, but this is normal and will gradually subside. It will be extremely important that you do not blow your nose for 4-7 days afterward. You will have follow-up visits with your doctor to ensure your nose is cleaned safely and properly.
If you have any questions about sinus surgery, the experts with McKinney ENT Clinic can help. Please call (214) 383-5955 or contact us online.