What is included in postoperative care following turbinate dysfunction surgery?

Updated: Jun 24, 2021
  • Author: Sanford M Archer, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Because nasal packs are present in the immediate postoperative period, humidified air is provided for patient comfort. Pain control is used, but care is taken to avoid respiratory depressants. Antiemetics and other routine medications are also available as necessary. Packs are removed when appropriate, usually on the first or second postoperative day. Absorbable packing materials are becoming more commonplace and reduce the discomfort of packing removal while trading for a longer period of congestion postoperatively. Postoperative antibiotics are usually continued until the packing has been removed.

The patient is instructed to keep the nose well moisturized postoperatively to aid in healing and comfort levels. The patient is provided or instructed to obtain a lubricating spray of the physician's preference, usually saline. Nose blowing is discouraged for several weeks, and sneezing is aided by an opened-mouth technique. Avoidance of heavy lifting and straining is recommended for the first few weeks following surgery.

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