1.  You may experience some nasal discomfort. If it is mild, use regular Tylenol every 4 hours.  If you are more uncomfortable, use the pain medication that the Doctor prescribed.

2.  Keep your head elevated on several pillows at night for the first few nights to facilitate drainage and decrease swelling.

3.  Your intranasal packing will be removed in two days.  Your splints will be removed one week after surgery.  On the day that you come in to have the packing removed, take your prescription pain medication or Tylenol.  Have a light meal 1-2 hours prior to your appointment.

4.  After the packing is removed, you should begin using your saline solution, Salinex  nasal spray two sprays each nostril every 3 hours to rinse out your nose.  Approximately every 3 hours, apply Cortisporin ointment into nose three times a day using a Q-tip into nose 1/2 inch. This will help to heal the tissues and prevent infection.

5.  Do not blow your nose for one week or until otherwise instructed as you will bleed and possibly cause more serious problems.  Sneeze with your mouth open.

6.  Do not smoke or drink alcohol after surgery.  Do not exercise, lift heavy objects or participate in sports for 3 weeks.  Healing takes between 2-6 weeks.

7.  Keep your environment well humidified.  Inhaling steam helps moisten dry nasal tissues.  Boil water and inhale steam for 10-15 minutes two times a day.

8.  If you have bleeding, sit up straight, pinch the nostrils gently together and hold for 10 minutes.  If the bleeding continues, spray Afrin nasal spray into nose, then apply Cortisporin ointment, and pinch nostrils together again for 10 minutes. If the bleeding persists, call the office.

Medications after Surgery:
            Rx: antibiotic for 5 days with one refill in case of infection
            Rx: Pain medication - you’ll probably need 10 pills as the pain is not severe and
                  can be controlled using Tylenol
            Rx: Cortisporin ointment - 2-3 tubes, you’ll receive these the day of surgery
            OTC: Salinex nasal spray - you’ll use at least 2-3 bottles
            OTC: Afrin spray - buy a small bottle in case of bleeding

            OTC: Q-tips - generic with white card


Form 108 Rev 11/05

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John M. O'Day, M.D., F.A.C.S. Marjorie K. Stock, M.D. ,F.A.C.S.
William E. Long, Hearing Instrument Specialist
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