If you've had a procedure done around your maxillary sinus, your surgeon may recommend sinus pre-cautions. Generally, these may be given if there may be a small hole between the sinus and the mouth, to allow the site to heal. Alternatively, these may be given if you've had a surgery done around your sinus. Following these instructions will allow the site to heal properly.
1. Do NOT blow your nose! If you feel congested, you will be written a nasal spray. You can use the nasal spray, and wipe your nose with a tissue WITHOUT BLOWING.
2. Do NOT sneeze. If you feel the need to sneeze, you may open your mouth. This is done to dissipate pressure so that it does not build up in the sinus.
3. If your surgeon writes you a course of antibiotics, be sure to take these as prescribed.
4. Your surgeon may write you a nasal spray called Afrin to help with congestion. DO NOT take Afrin for more than 3 days of continued use.
5. Your surgeon may write you another saline nasal spray called Ocean. You can use this spray as frequently as needed for congestion. Your surgeon may also write you an oral pill to help with congestion.
6. Gently clean your surgical site. Brush with a gentle sweep to make sure no food is at the surgical site or around the stitches. You can use a baby toothbrush to help with this. Rinse with the mouthrinse your surgeon has prescribed, or you may use salt water. No forceful spitting.
7. No drinking from a straw.
8. No smoking.
9. No sucking on the area that was worked on.
10. Unless otherwise told by your surgeon, your stitches will dissolve on their own.
Call our office if you experience any of the following:
Continued or increased tenderness over your cheekbone/sinus area after 1 week
Foul taste, or smell
Discharge that is yellowish or greenish in color
Continued or increased swelling beyond 1 week
Water or fluids dribbling down your nose when you drink