Preparing for Sinus Surgery: What You Need to Know

Aug 03, 2023
Preparing for Sinus Surgery: What You Need to Know
If you're slated to get sinus surgery soon, being well-prepared makes all the difference. Here's all you need to know about the surgery and how best to prepare to ensure a smoother recovery.

If you have sinus conditions such as chronic sinusitis or nasal polyps, sinus surgery is typically the final resort to relieve your symptoms when other treatments have failed. 

Although it's a minor procedure, being emotionally, physically, and practically prepared for surgery is crucial. Getting well prepared for your surgery helps you better understand what to expect during the procedure and how best to get ready for it to ensure its success. 

In Los Angeles, California, Mani Zadeh, MD, specializes in treating sinus conditions. He uses the latest technology and methods, ensuring your sinus surgery is hitch-free.

In this blog, he breaks down what sinus surgery is and explains the best way to prepare for the procedure.

What is sinus surgery?

Sinus surgery is a medical procedure used to clear your sinus pathways, relieving any symptoms you've been experiencing caused by sinus-related conditions. 

There are two primary ways to perform sinus surgery: endoscopically and traditionally. The severity and nature of your condition determine the method Dr. Zadeh uses for your surgery. 

Endoscopic sinus surgery is typically preferred as it uses a thin, flexible instrument to remove any blockages in your sinuses. Although traditional surgery is more invasive, it can reach more challenging areas of your sinuses.

Preparing for your surgery

To ensure you have a successful sinus surgery, being well-prepared is vital. Dr. Zadeh provides you with detailed instructions at your first consultation. During this consultation, you can ask as many questions as you want about the necessary tests and preoperative procedures you need to undergo. 

If you take any medications that could increase bleeding during surgery, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or certain herbal supplements, Dr. Zadeh asks you to discontinue them. 

Ask a close friend or family member to drive you home after the surgery. You'll be in no condition to drive, and having their emotional support helps. 

Finally, prepare your recovery area at home before your surgery. Stock up on necessary supplies like ice packs, comfortable pillows, and easy-to-prepare meals. 

What to expect on the day of the surgery 

Dr. Zadeh typically performs sinus surgery under general anesthesia. However, in some cases, he may use local anesthesia. Your medical history and the complexity of your surgery determine the best method.

Your surgery may take anywhere between one and several hours, depending on its complexity. 

Post-operative care and recovery

After your surgery, you can expect to experience some pain, swelling, or bloody discharge from your nose. These are common post-operative symptoms, so don't be alarmed. 

Taking over-the-counter painkillers can help relieve any pain or discomfort. Dr. Zadeh provides detailed instructions on how to care for your nose as you recover. The length of your recovery will depend on the type of sinus surgery.

It's also important to come in for regular follow-ups with Dr. Zadeh to monitor your recovery progress. 

Facing sinus surgery can be daunting, but proper preparation can significantly ease the process and aid your recovery. Always remember to follow Dr. Zadeh's advice and take time to rest, and listen to your body.

Your sinus health is important to us. If you suspect you have a sinus condition, let us take care of it for you today. Schedule an appointment with us or call 310-286-0123.