Post-Op Care

The recovery period, recommendations and what you can expect following your surgery will vary depending on the surgical procedure performed. Please select from the following list of procedures to find the right post-op treatment information.

Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

POST-OP INSTRUCTIONS – ENDOSCOPIC SINUS SURGERY 1. ACTIVITY Light to moderate activity is recommended. Avoid heavy lifting and straining for the first week after surgery. Nose blowing initially should be gentle and minimal. Forceful nose blowing can lead to nasal bleeding. Elevating the head while resting or sleeping may be helpful. 2. PACKING Your surgeon…

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Tonsillectomy

Post Op Instructions – Tonsillectomy Click to download printable intructions 1. DIET We encourage patients to drink fluids and start with soft foods after a tonsillectomy. Good hydration will help healing. Patients can advance to more solid foods as tolerated. Due to diet changes and medications, constipation is not unusual. 2. ACTIVITY Light to moderate…

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Thyroidectomy

Post Op Instructions – Thyroidectomy 1. DIET Patients may resume a regular diet without special restrictions. Many patients note a scratchy throat from the endotracheal tube for the first day or two and may prefer soft foods initially. 2. ACTIVITY Light to moderate activity as tolerated is fine. Patients may turn their head from side…

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Myringotomy / Tube Replacement

Post Op Instructions – Myringotomy and Tube Replacement Click to download printable intructions 1. DIET Advance to a regular diet as tolerated. Some people have nausea associated with anesthesia. This should subside in 12 to 24 hours. If not, please contact our office nurse. 2. ACTIVITY There are no restrictions on activity. 3. PAIN Some…

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Adenoidectomy

Post Op Instructions – Adenoidectomy Click to download printable intructions 1. DIET We encourage patients to drink fluids and start with soft foods. Good hydration will help healing. Patients can advance to more solid foods as tolerated, usually later the same day. 2. ACTIVITY Light to moderate activity is recommended. Heavy lifting, straining and contact…

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Septoplasty / Turbinate Reduction

POST-OP INSTRUCTIONS – SEPTOPLASTY AND/OR TURBINATE REDUCTION 1. DIET Patients may resume a regular diet without special restrictions. Many patients note a scratchy throat from the endotracheal tube for the first day and may prefer soft food initially. 2. ACTIVITY Light to moderate activity is recommended. Avoid heavy lifting and straining for the first week…

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Parotidectomy

Post Op Instructions – Parotidectomy 1. DIET Patients may resume a regular diet without special restrictions. Many patients note a scratchy throat from the endotracheal tube for the first day or two and may prefer soft foods initially. 2. ACTIVITY Light to moderate activity as tolerated is fine. Patients may turn the head from side…

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Nasal Saline Irrigation

Post Op Instructions – Nasal Saline Irrigation Recipe for hypertonic saline (saltwater) for home irrigation:  1 Liter (quart)  Warm water – distilled is preferred  2-3 heaping teaspoons     Salt –  NOT  table salt as it contains a large number of additives including iodine, preservatives and sugar. USE canning, pickling, or sea salt as these have fewer additives.  1…

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