3 Tips on Balloon Sinus Surgery Recovery
Balloon sinus surgery is one of the most popular methods of dealing with sinusitis without having to undergo invasive surgery. Although there’s a relatively quick recovery period immediately following the procedure, there are still a couple of ways to ensure that you speed up the recovery process so that you can get back on your feet and continue with your life without worry.
Try relaxation techniques
A balloon sinus procedure won’t require an extended recovery time, but it’s still a good idea to relax whenever possible. Make sure that, as soon as you get home, you get some rest and take it easy. People react differently to surgery; some people need extra rest and some feel like they can return to work the next day. It’s always best to be on the safe side, so make sure you get a bit of rest.
Plan ahead for when you return home
You’ll likely need to go under a local anesthetic to ensure that you don’t feel pain during the procedure. However, this does mean that you’ll be fairly tired and drowsy, which will make it difficult for you to drive home should you arrive by car. Even if you took public transport, there’s a good chance that you’re going to feel a bit dizzy and the doctors likely won’t allow you to leave.
Your ear, nose and throat doctor will recommend that you plan ahead for after your surgery. For instance, you may want to call a friend and ask them to come along or ask a family member to look after you when the procedure is over. It’s convenient if you have a friend or family member drive you home, but it’s also good enough if you have someone who is willing to take you home.
You’ll also want to plan some comforts when you’re at home. The last thing you want is to be getting up and heading into the kitchen to make food, so prepare some food at home before your procedure or consider ordering some healthy food to keep you satisfied. Alternatively, you could always ask friends and family members for help too.
In short, make sure you prepare for the aftermath of a balloon sinus procedure. While you won’t be completely out of action, it does help to be prepared.
Take a small bag of supplies with you
You don’t need much in the bag. A bottle or two of water will help you stay hydrated. You may also want to take some painkillers if you feel like you’ll need them. If you do plan to stay at the hospital for a while, then your medication will also be a good item to bring.
The bag could also contain some essentials, such as snacks to keep you satisfied, your money, a mobile phone and charger. The idea is to keep everything safe in a single bag so you don’t lose anything and can stay organized.