Postoperative Care for Balloon Sinuplasty

Balloon sinuplasty is a safe and minimally invasive procedure, so recovery time should be as short as 2 days or less. Consult with Dr. Eric Cohen to find out what you can expect during your postoperative period.

Balloon sinuplasty can be performed as an outpatient procedure in the comfort of Dr. Cohen’s offices. You will only receive a local anesthetic, which will not put you to sleep during the procedure, and will wear off quickly afterwards. You should expect to return to work within 1 or 2 days.

Some Other Things to Keep in Mind After Your Procedure:

  • Dr. Cohen may prescribe a mild anti-inflammatory to reduce minor swelling or pressure.
  • You will receive a sinus rinse kit following the procedure. You will be instructed on how to irrigate your sinuses. This must be performed at least twice a day for the first two weeks after the procedure in order to help flush out the sinuses. While this may feel strange if you have not used a rinse kit before, it will help soothe and clear your sinuses.
  • You may experience nasal congestion, accompanied by discharge, immediately following the procedure. Once the sinuses are fully healed, this will pass.
  • You may experience some bloody discharge in the first few days after the procedure, particularly when irrigating your sinuses. If you experience nosebleeds, tilt your head back and breathe gently through the nose, or use Afrin nasal spray if necessary.
  • You may experience minor sinus pain following the procedure, which is typically treated with Tylenol. It’s important that you not use any other kind of over-the-counter pain medication, such as Aspirin or NSAIDs.
  • Dr. Cohen may wish to follow up with you in the days and weeks following the procedure. During these visits, you will have your sinuses cleared of blood and other fluids in order to significantly assist in the healing process.

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