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Sinus Augmentations

Posted on 8/1/2017 by Dr. Karl Zeren

Post Operative Sinus Augmentation

•  Rest:
- Rest quietly with your head elevated for the remainder of the day following surgery.
- Always get up slowly from a reclining position to prevent dizziness.
- Limit physical activity, to encourage rapid healing please REST!
- Avoid blowing your nose, taking deep breaths through your nose or sneezing for 10 days. If you must sneeze, do so with your mouth open
•  Ice:
- As soon as possible, place an ice pack on your face over the surgical area; 20 minutes on and 10 minutes off. (Alternate sides if two areas were done)
- Use the ice pack for the first 24-48 hours following surgery. This will contribute to your comfort and minimize swelling.
- Moist heat may be applied 2 days following surgery for added comfort.
•  Medication:
Ideally, pain medication should be taken BEFORE numbness wears off. You may wish to take your pain medication at our office immediately following surgery, but you MUST HAVE A DRIVER. If you do not have a driver you may take the medication as prescribed as soon as you arrive at home.
- Ibuprofen (Motrin) should be taken for the first 48 hours regardless of pain, it is a Non Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug, (NSAID) which will help with the swelling. (Adults do not exceed 800mg four times a day.)
- If an antibiotic was prescribed, take it as directed until it is ALL GONE.
- Some pain medications may cause lightheadedness. Lying down will help this.
- Some medications may cause an upset stomach. Taking these with food will lessen this effect.
•  Bleeding:
- Some seepage of blood is expected, however, extensive bleeding should not occur. If such bleeding should occur, apply firm pressure with moist gauze or moistened tea bag to the area for 20 minutes. If bleeding does not subside, please call.
- Occasionally, bleeding from the nose may occur. Do not be alarmed, this is normal.
•  Mouthcare:
- Do not brush, floss, rinse or spit the day of the surgery.
- Begin rinsing with the prescription Peridex mouth-rinse 24 hours after your surgery.
- Begin to brush the NON-SURGICAL area the day following surgery. Do not rinse vigorously !
- Be prepared to leave your denture or partial out for approximately one week.
•  Eating:
- Eat softer foods such as pasta, eggs, yogurt, baked potato or hot cereal.
- Avoid extremes: very hot, very cold, acidic foods, also hard or crunchy foods.
- Maintain a balanced diet.
•  Fluids:
- Fluids should be consumed as soon as possible. It is recommended that you drink 6-8 glasses of water over the remainder of the day following surgery.
- Avoid using a straw as it may cause suction, which may loosen clotting, causing bleeding.
•  Swelling and Bruising:
- Expect swelling that may involve the area of the surgery as well as your eye, ear, and neck on the surgical side. It is possible that your eye may even swell closed. This is normal so do not be alarmed.
Bruising may occur in the surgical area as well as into your eye area.
- If fever accompanies swelling, contact us immediately!
•  Surgical Stent (if one was provided):
- The plastic stent is used to protect the surgical site. Wear it continuously until instructed, removing only to clean.

•  Alcohol/Aspirin:
Avoid the use of alcohol products for 2 days after surgery or until you are no longer taking pain medication or antibiotics. Alcohol is a blood thinner and may cause bleeding and delay the healing process, it may also affect the antibiotic medication.
•  Smoking:
We strongly advise NO SMOKING 2 weeks before and after surgery. Smoking delays healing, increases discomfort, and may encourage bleeding and infection in the surgical site.
If you have any questions or concerns please call us

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