For several days after the procedure, you may experience some bleeding from the nose. If this happens, breathe through your mouth, and place pressure on both sides of the nose. Remain still in a sitting position until the bleeding stops. Do not blow your nose. If you have the urge to sneeze, try to sneeze with your mouth open to minimize unnecessary pressure on the sinus area.
For 3 days after the surgery, avoid doing any of the following as it can disrupt clotting, slow the healing process and open the incisions:
- Do not poke at, disturb or touch the incision sites
- Do not lift/pull on the lip to look at the sutures
- Do not rinse hard
- Do not spit
- Do not smoke
- Do not use a straw or purse your lips in any manner that will cause suction
- Do not use a commercial mouthwash
- Do not drink carbonated beverages
- Do not use an oral irrigating device
You may have been prescribed some or a combination of any of the following medications:
- Decongestant: Such as Afrin oxymetazoline. Use 2 sprays in each nostril 1 hour before surgery and then twice daily for 3 days. You can take Sudafed or something similar if you still feel congestion until your stitches are removed.
- Anti-inflammatory pain reliever: This will help reduce swelling and reduce pain. You should take 1 pill 8 hours after surgery and then 3 times daily for the next 3 days. Your initial dose may be be given to you intravenously.
- Narcotic pain reliever: This is usually acetaminophen with hydrocodone. This may be prescribed for moderate to severe discomfort. This can be taken every 4 hours as needed after surgery, in addition to the anti-inflammatory pain reliever.
- Antibiotics: You will have started taking the prescription a few days before the procedure. Continue taking the antibiotic as directed after surgery until it is finished.
- Steroids: To accelerate healing and reduce swelling. Your initial dose may be given to you intravenously. You will take 3 tablets the day after surgery and 1 tablet the following morning.
- Antiseptic rinse: Prescription oral rinse that helps keep the area clean during the healing process. You should rinse GENTLY morning and night. Avoiding eating or drinking for 1 hour after rinsing.
Avoid doing any of the following for the next 8-10 days or until the sutures are removed:
- Smoking or tobacco use
- Using a straw
- Lifting or pulling on lip to look at sutures
- Lying on the side of face over area of surgery
- Pressing on the cheek or the jaw over the area of surgery
Please call the office for instructions if:
- You feel granules in your nose
- If you are experiencing changes in vision or balance
- If you have any unusual swelling or uncontrolled bleeding
- The medications do not relieve your discomfort
- If you develop a fever above 99 F