Post-Operative Instructions: Sinus Precautions

    Post-Operative Instructions: Sinus Precautions

    If you had a sinus lift graft performed, the general post-operative instructions still apply, but we would like to emphasize a few important points about your particular procedure and remind you of some instructions:

    • Do not blow your nose.
    • If you must sneeze, do so with your mouth open to avoid any unnecessary pressure on the sinus area.
    • Do not smoke or use smokeless tobacco. Smoking greatly inhibits healing, especially in the sinus graft.
    • Do not use a straw.
    • Do not lift or pull up on your lip to look at the stitches, as this may create damage and tear the stitches.
    • Take your antibiotics as directed and until finished.
    • ou may be aware of small granules in your mouth for the next few days. This is not unusual, as your graft is mainly made of particles, and some may migrate into the mouth.
    • If you feel congested, you may need to use antihistamines or decongestants. If you do, use over-the-counter products such as Claritin-D® or Dimetapp®. We would also suggest that you avoid nasal sprays. Most of the time, patients do fine without any nasal sprays, antihistamines, or decongestants.
    • We will prescribe pain medication(s) for you. Take them as directed. Use the stronger pain reliever (e.g., Lortab® or Darvocet®) for relief of more severe pain. Tylenol® should be discontinued if you decide to use the stronger medication.
    • It is not uncommon to have a small amount of bleeding from the nose for several days.