Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

General

During the first 2 weeks after surgery you may feel quite tired and ‘run down’. Your nose will feel very congested as if you have a cold or flu. To maximise recovery:

Posture

Try to keep your head up as much as possible to reduce bleeding. Keep your head elevated when resting, and sleep with 2 pillows if possible. Avoid stooping over.

Bleeding 

It is normal to have nasal ooze for the first 24 hours, which will reduce by around half each day. Minor bleeding is expected for 3-4 days. 

If you are concerned about the amount of bleeding, then please call the rooms. 

Diet 

Have a light meal the evening after surgery. There are no dietary restrictions and you may eat as soon as food is tolerated.

Pain 

The maximum discomfort will occur the first couple of days to week after surgery. You may experience some headaches. Patients often describe their discomfort as similar to a head cold. Take the pain medication as prescribed. 

Appearance 

Minor bruising and swelling may occur around the eyes and face, which may be more obvious in the mornings. 

When to call the Doctor 

Medications

Follow Up appointment

Please make an appointment 7-14 days after surgery unless advised otherwise.

Nasal splints and dressings (if used in your surgery) will be removed at this visit. The nose will also be inspected with a camera and any clots or crusts removed to expedite healing. 

How to contact Dr Morrissey 

For non-emergency issues please call (07) 4632 3179 for further instructions.  

Dr Morrissey shares ‘on-call’ arrangements with other ENT surgeons and one is usually available to answer questions.

Should your concerns not be addressed via a phone call please present to your nearest Emergency Department. 

In the event of an Emergency call 000 or attend the nearest Emergency Department.