Postop FESS Instructions

Postop FESS Instructions

The recovery period after sinus surgery is generally smooth and uncomplicated. However it is very important that you follow these instructions as they can affect the success of your operation.

  • Take all medications prescribed after your operation regularly
  • Use the Sinus Rinse at least 4 times a day for the first 2 weeks
  • Do not stop any nasal sprays prescribed until you have been reviewed
  • After the first 48 hours you can blow your nose gently
  • You will require 10-14 days off work


The nose usually heals after 12 weeks after sinus surgery. In patients with nasal polyps and severe sinus disease the healing process can take much longer. During this time you will want to avoid excessively dusty or smoky environments


Following sinus surgery you will receive prescriptions for a number of medications. Typically these include pain medicine, an antibiotic, saline nasal irrigations and often a steroid spray. For best results it is essential that the medications are taken as directed. The medications promote rapid healing and are essential components of post-operative care – failure to take them can lead to post-operative infection and scarring

The medications will be adjusted based on the progress of your healing as assessed on examination of the nose during appointments following surgery

Saline nasal irrigations

Nasal crusting after sinus surgery can slow the healing process. In order to keep your nose moist and prevent crusting you should use saline (salt water) to rinse your nose and sinuses The “Sinus Rinse” system by NeilMed is available at many pharmacies with ready made ‘salt mix’ sachets.

Alternately, you can make up the mixture using this recipe: mix ¼ teaspoon of non-iodised salt with ¼ teaspoon of baking soda in 500mL of warm water – mix the solution before you use it

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