What is included in postoperative care following surgery for allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

Updated: Mar 16, 2018
  • Author: John E McClay, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Postoperative care begins immediately following surgery with nasal saline irrigation with bulb irrigations or Water-Pic, with or without the Grossan adaptor. Sinus packing usually is not needed, but the need is evaluated on an individual basis. Weekly clinic visits for about a month initially are required to allow regular inspection of the operative site and debridement of crusts and retained fungal debris.

Systemic corticosteroids, which were initiated before surgery, are continued during the postoperative period and slowly tapered during the process of healing. The length of corticosteroid treatment and the form of postoperative adjunctive medical management used to further control the disease are at the discretion of the managing physician. The authors typically treat the patients with 3-4 weeks of steroids postoperatively, starting with a similar dose of steroids received preoperatively for 10-14 days. The steroids then are tapered over the next 10-14 days. Topical nasal steroids are started at the first postoperative visit, continued until immunotherapy is well established, and used thereafter as needed. [27]


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