How to prepare for endoscopic sinus surgeries

When patients are dealing with severe and chronic inflammation of their sinuses, they may deal with routine infections and regular discomfort. This may include facial pain, migraines, post-nasal drip, ear pain, and overall head congestion. When these problems occur regularly and impact one’s daily activities and quality of life, it may be time for these individuals to consider endoscopic sinus surgery. This is often a last resort when medications and other therapies fail to provide patients with consistent relief. During endoscopic sinus surgery, an ENT professional will use a specialized endoscope that helps open up the airways to allow secretions to drain freely and reduce stuffiness and congestion in the head and sinuses. This will often relieve patients of the many bothersome symptoms of their condition. 

When patients are considering endoscopic sinus surgery, it is important for them to have the information they need to prepare for their appointment.

Below are a few ways in which patients can prepare for surgery:

  • Patients should avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, or NSAIDS, for two weeks prior to their surgical date. This includes naproxen, Aleve, Motrin, Advil, aspirin, and Ibuprofen. This reduces the risk of bleeding.
  • Patients should discontinue homeopathic or alterative medicines as well, including ginseng and gingko biloba. Many supplements can cause blood thinning and should be avoided for two weeks, so avoidance of fish oil and Vitamin E should be followed as well.
  • Patients should avoid solid foods and beverages for eight hours prior to their surgery, while some small amounts of clear liquids may be allowed up to four hour before, including water, plain coffee, and tea.
  • Patients do not need to prepare for an overnight hospital stay, as most procedures are done on an out-patient basis.

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If you believe sinus surgery can assist you in improving your sinus health and make it easier to breathe and feel comfortable in your day-to-day activities, it may be time to speak to an ENT professional to determine the best course of action. The doctors at The ENT and Allergy Centers of Texas provide a wide range of solutions for patients who struggle with chronic sinus issues which may or may not include surgical intervention. Call (972) 984-1050 to schedule a consultation visit and initial evaluation with the team at The ENT and Allergy Centers of Texas with four convenient locations in Plano, Allen, McKinney, and Celina, TX.

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