After surgery you’ll be moved to a recovery room. You may feel groggy from the anesthesia and will likely have some discomfort. There will be a dressing under your nose to absorb drainage. You may also have packing (absorbent bandage) inside your nose. You can usually go home as soon as you’re no longer feeling groggy. This is usually the same day. In certain cases, an overnight stay may be necessary.
Your doctor will schedule an office visit a few days after surgery to check on your progress. At this visit, dried blood and mucus are removed to promote healing. Any nasal packing will be removed as well. It’s normal to feel stuffiness and have pinkish or dark red drainage. Change your nasal dressing as needed, and take any prescribed medications. Also be sure to drink plenty of water. Other guidelines from your doctor may include:
Rinsing your nose and sinuses with saltwater
Sneeze with your mouth open
Not blowing your nose
Avoiding strenuous exercise, straining, or lifting
Using a humidifier to keep nasal passages moist
Not taking aspirin or ibuprofen
Sleeping with your upper body elevated
Avoiding hot and spicy foods
As you’re healing, it’s normal to feel some stuffiness and have nasal crusting. Keeping your nasal passages clean and moist will help speed the healing process and prevent scarring. Also, be sure to:
Take medicine as directed.
Avoid irritating substances such as dust, chalk, and harsh chemicals.
Use saltwater rinses or a humidifier as directed.
Drink plenty of water.
Avoid exposure to colds and allergic triggers.
Talk with your doctor before swimming or air travel.
Call your healthcare provider if you notice any of the following:
A large amount of bright red bleeding
Fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, or as directed by your healthcare provider
Changes in vision, or swelling around the eye
Signs of infection, such as yellow or greenish drainage
A constant headache or increasing pain
Drainage of a large amount of clear fluid
Extreme tiredness, or a stiff neck