After Sinus Lift
Do not blow your nose for the first week of surgery. Also, attempt to cough/exhale at the moment of sneezing, as this will reduce sinus pressure.
Do not be alarmed if you have a minor nosebleed. If this does occur, stop your activity, sit in a reclined position and apply an ice pack (10 minutes on and 10 minutes off) to the side of the nosebleed. Use Afrin Nasal Spray twice a day for 3 days to help stop nose bleeding and its reoccurrence. Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. If bleeding continues please call for further instructions.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag, or a plastic bag, or towel filled with ice on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously, as much as possible, for the first 36 hours.
Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.
You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For moderate pain, 1 or 2 Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken every 3-4 hours. Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) may be taken instead of Tylenol. Ibuprofen, bought over the counter comes in 200 mg tablets: 2-3 tablets may be taken every 6 hours as needed for pain. For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed. Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic, or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it.
Decongestant and/or Antibiotics:
Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection and nasal decongestant to avoid severe congestion.
Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. The night of surgery, use the prescribed Peridex Oral Rinse before bed. The day after surgery, the Peridex should be used twice daily, after breakfast and before bed. Be sure to rinse for at least 30 seconds then spit it out. Warm salt water rinses (teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least 4-5 times a day, as well, especially after meals. Initially, be gentle brushing surgical areas and brush your teeth as usual.
Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you are considering exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. If this occurs, you should discontinue exercising. Keep in mind that you are probably not taking normal nourishment. This may weaken you and further limit your ability to exercise.