Allergy and Sinus Conditions
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reconstructive facial surgery
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  • DIET: Resume your previous diet.
  • ACTIVITY: DO NOT blow your nose. Sneeze and cough, if needed, with mouth open. Keep your head raised 30 degrees at bedtime for 48 hours after surgery. No straining, strenuous exercise or lifting over 35 pounds for 2 weeks.
  • MEDICATIONS: Take all of the antibiotics prescribed.
    • Discomfort is usually relieved by Tylenol with codeine or extra-strength Tylenol. If a stronger medication is prescribed, follow directions CAREFULLY.
    • Use salt water nasal spray (Ocean, Ayr, etc.), 2 sprays in each nostril 5 times per day for the first 30 days after surgery. This keeps the nasal tissues moist, cleans the nose, promotes healing and keeps crusting to a minimum. Sinus irrigation with saline in a bulb syringe 2 times a day is recommended.
    • If a septoplasty was performed, place a small dab of one of the following ointments (Neosporin, Bacitracin or Polysporin) just inside both nostrils for 7 days after surgery.
    • Change the nasal drip pad as needed.
  • FOLLOW-UP: Return to the office in 7 days. Call for an appointment if not already scheduled. Generally, this appointment is made at the time your surgery is scheduled.
  • WORK/SCHOOL: You may return to work or school 5 to 7 days after surgery.
  • INFORMATION: Bloody nasal drainage is normal and will reduce over the first 7 days.
    • Difficulty breathing through the nose is normal and will reduce over the first month after surgery.
    • Call the doctor for excessive bleeding, eye pain, change in vision or fever over 100.4°F.
    • Headache, nasal pain, and nasal pressure are normal after surgery.