Post-Operative Care Instructions – Sinus Precautions

During your procedure today, an opening or communication in your maxillary sinus was created. Please adhere to the following instructions to ensure proper healing and minimize the risk of complications.

  • Do not sneeze with your mouth closed for two weeks after surgery, or as directed by your surgeon. You may gently wipe your nose with a tissue but avoid blowing it. Sneezing and blowing your nose can result in excess pressure in the sinus and could adversely affect healing.
  • Do not use a curved tip irrigation syringe.
  • Take an over-the-counter decongestant, like Sudafed, as directed for one week or as instructed by your oral surgeon. This helps keep mucous loose and maintains optimal conditions for sinus membrane healing.
  • You may use a saline nasal spray for three weeks after surgery. Additionally, a nasal decongestant spray, such as Afrin, is allowed for up to three days post-surgery.
  • Expect a small number of nosebleeds, which may last for several days. Contact our office if bleeding becomes excessive and does not slow with pressure and a head tilt.
  • If you notice a foul taste or discharge, contact our office immediately, as these may indicate the initial signs of an infection.
  • If you observe fluid coming out of your nose while drinking liquids, please contact our office.