Sinus & Nasal Care Questions
For your first appointment with Sinus and Nasal Specialists of Louisiana, allow about 15 minutes before your appointment to complete our new-patient paperwork. You can save time by downloading and pre-filling our initial visit forms.
Bring with you any recent imaging studies (eg. MRI and CT scans), histopathology/biopsy results, and previous allergy/immunology assessment.
Before my first appointment:
- Will I be okay to drive home after my appointment?
- Do I need to have someone attend the appointment with me?
- No, this is not necessary, but you are welcome to bring a friend of family member(s) if you wish.
- What do I need to bring to my first appointment?
- Any scans that are relevant to your problem, some form of payment, your health insurance information.
Prior to my surgery:
- I have a cold/flu. Am I still able to proceed with surgery?
- In most cases yes. If there is any doubt, your doctor and your anesthetist will make a decision on the day of surgery, but please call us in the week prior if this occurs.
- What time do I need to be at the hospital?
- Someone from the hospital should call you the afternoon before your scheduled procedure to advise your admission time and also confirm your fasting schedule.
After my surgery:
- Is it okay to swim after my surgery?
- Usually 1 week post surgery is sufficient and/or after your first post-operative visit. Swimming in the ocean is fine but public pools, lakes, and ponds should be avoided.
- When can I resume exercise?
- No exertional exercise in the first week. Walking and light aerobic in the second week. Back to routine regimes after 14 days. If you’ve had a tumor operation, then no heavy exertion e.g. weight training, running, or sport until 3-6 weeks post-operative.
- When can I blow my nose?
- We advise that you use the nasal irrigation instead of blowing the nose in the first 3 weeks post-surgery. Most of the sensation to blow is not simply mucus but swelling and post-surgical changes which are not readily relieved by blowing.
- When can I fly after surgery?
- Usually 1 week after surgery is sufficient and/or after your first post-operative visit. Consideration needs to be given to the location to which you are flying. Please be aware that most travel insurance policies will not cover you for 6 weeks after an elective surgical procedure.
- My nose feels blocked. Should I continue irrigating?
- Yes. The first week after surgery is always difficult as blood clot, mucus and swelling sometimes makes it challenging. However, the irrigation helps to reduce bleeding, remove debris, and helps to clear the nose. This process is much easier after your first appointment.
- When should I start irrigating after surgery?
- Unless you are specifically advised differently, usually commencing on the day you are discharged. You will be given a post-operative care information sheet on discharge from the hospital. If this is not given, it is available on this website.
Preparation for Nose Lab:
- What do I need to do in preparation for a challange test?
- You should avoid nasal and oral decongestants, antihistamines, and Pseudoephedrine for 7 days prior to your challenge test. And remember to allow up 2 hours plus for this assessment.
- I'm having an allergy assesment. What do I need to know?
- You should cease all antihistamines 7 days prior to your testing. Some sleeping medications, blood pressure/heart medications, and antidepressants should also be ceased. Please contact us prior your appointment to discuss.
- I'm scheduled to have a smell and/or tast assessment. What do I need to know?
- Do not eat for at least 30 minutes prior to your appointment.
- Will I be okay to drive after a nasal airway assessment?
- I'm having a nasal airway assessment. What do I need to know?
- You should avoid nasal decongestants (e.g Afrin etc) or any tablets containing pseudoephedrine for 7 days prior.