Sinus surgery is usually a same-day procedure performed in a hospital or outpatient surgical center. You can usually go home the day of surgery once anesthesia wears off. Overnight stays may be required if complications occur.
Following surgery, you may require some pain control, antibiotics, corticosteroids and nasal irrigation. Nose packing (gauze packed in the nasal passageway) may or not be resorbable, so you may require post operative removal by your ENT surgeon. ENT follow up is usually carried out over a period of 6 - 8 weeks. During that time the ENT surgeon will endoscopically clean and remove any crusting, dried blood and mucus to facilitate the return of normal functioning of the nasal and sinus passageways. The ENT will also remove adhesions that may occur. Occasionally you may require post operative nasal irrigation by the ENT surgeon on a monthly basis to maintain a functioning nasal sinus communication. This process maintains openings and prevents debris from blocking these openings.