Expect oozing of blood for up to 24 hours. Change the dressing as needed for drainage. Elevate your head and upper body at least 30 degrees for 48 hours after surgery. Apply an ice bag over your nose and face on and off for 24 hours.
A heavy flow of blood from nose or mouth should be reported to Dr. Benton, day or night. An on-call physician is always available by phone. If heavy bleeding occurs, remain upright and apply pressure to the soft part of the nose.
Long-acting over the counter decongestant nasal spray such as Afrin may be used to help reduce nasal congestion and bleeding during the first week after surgery. Use 2-3 sprays in each nostril every 8-12 hours as needed.
DO NOT attempt to blow your nose. After 24 hours you may start to use over the counter saline spray (non-prescription) to ‘sniff and spit’ to clear secretions and prevent crust build-up.
Drink plenty of fluids for good hydration. Diet may be increased as tolerated the day after surgery.
NO ASPIRIN, NAPROSYN OR OTHER DRUGS THAT MAY CAUSE BLEEDING until further advised by Dr. Benton at your post-op appointment. You may use Tylenol or prescription drugs as ordered for throat pain. Also, be sure to take any antibiotic medication as prescribed.
No exertion or heavy exercise for at least 10-14 days after your nasal surgery.
Pain is expected to be mild to moderate after nasal surgery. Please call Dr. Benton if the pain is severe or excessive.
You may bathe or shower as needed but avoid “long, hot” showers or baths.
PLEASE CALL DR. BENTON’S OFFICE IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS OR QUESTIONS.
DR. BENTON OFFICE 541- 754-1251
AFTER HOURS CALL 541-754-1150