How will I feel after my surgery?

  • You may feel light-headed, dizzy, sleepy or slightly nauseated after surgery.
  • You may have a headache.
  • You may have a slight temperature for two (2) days.
  • It is normal to have a small amount of oozing from pink to dark red from your incision.

You need to call your doctor if…

  • Your temperature is higher than 101°F or 38.5°C;
  • You have uncontrollable, continuous dripping blood from your nose.
  • You have increasing nasal or facial pain.
  • You develop an infection, e.g., increased temperature
  • You develop nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea which persists after 24 hours.
If you cannot contact your doctor, go to the nearest Emergency Department. 

For 24 hours after surgery:

  • Do not drive
  • Do not operate heavy equipment
  • Do not drink alcohol
  • Do not smoke
  • Do not make important decisions
  • Have a responsible adult stay with you.

How should I care for myself after my surgery?

  • Nutrition: eat light foods for the first day, such as tea, toast, soup or Jello® and drink extra fluids.
  • If you are diabetic, follow your doctor’s orders for diet and medication.

Activity and Exercise:

  • You will need to rest for a few days following your surgery.
  • Avoid any activity that strains the area of your surgery.
  • No heavy lifting (>10lbs) of bending your head below your heart.
  • Sleep with your head elevated on pillows.
  • Do not bump your nose.
  • Ask your surgeon when it is safe to return to your regular activities and work.


  • Keep your mouth clean and teeth brushed.
  • Change nasal drip dressing if you have one.
  • Sneeze and cough with your mouth open.
  • Do not blow your nose.


  • Take only the medication for pain that your surgeon prescribes.
  • Follow your surgeon’s order about when to start taking your routine medications.

Surgical Area:

  • Change nasal dressing if you have one as necessary.
  • If you have bright bleeding that soaks the gauze and needs to be changed more often than every 15 minutes, call your doctor or go to the emergency department.
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