What Can I Expect During Sinus Mucocele Surgery?
Sinus cyst surgery is designed to restore proper sinus drainage by removing the mucocele(s) causing the obstruction. General anesthesia is administered in preparation for sinus cyst removal. The endoscopic surgery technique is typically used to remove sinus mucoceles. During this procedure, our sinus surgeon will insert an endoscope into the nasal cavity. The endoscope transmits digital images of the nasal passages and sinus pathways using fiber optic technology; this allows for greater precision when performing sinus cyst removal. Learn more about endoscopic sinus surgery by clicking here.
Paranasal mucocele surgery is aimed at creating an open drainage port so mucus can drain from the sinus cavity. The mucocele will be surgically removed to clear the blockage. Excess mucus can also be flushed out from the sinuses to clear any buildups and limit the chance of future sinus infections.
What Can I Expect Following Sinus Cyst Surgery?
Patients can expect moderate congestion for 1-3 weeks following sinus cyst removal. You may require a nasal drip pad for the first few days of recovery to catch any light bleeding that may occur. Pain medication will be prescribed to alleviate any discomfort. You may experience some numbness in the upper teeth.
You should try to avoid blowing your nose as much as possible (light nose blowing is permitted to relieve pressure). Patients should avoid heavy lifting, vigorous exercise, and bending down until permitted by our sinus surgeon. Follow-up appointments are necessary to monitor healing. Dr. Shin can discuss post-care instructions and answer any questions you may have.