Allergy, Nose & Sinus

Recovery from Sinus Surgery: Tips and Strategies for a Smooth Healing Process

March 6, 2024
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

Are you considering sinus surgery in Singapore to alleviate your chronic sinusitis symptoms? If so, understanding how to navigate the post-operative recovery process is crucial for a smooth healing journey.

Read more: Sinusitis: More Than Just Runny Nose

Keep reading as we walk you through essential tips and strategies to optimise your recovery and get you back to feeling your best.

1. Follow Post-Operative Instructions

After sinus surgery, your ENT doctor will provide you with post-operative instructions tailored to your specific needs and unique condition. This includes guidance on when to resume normal activities, what medications to take, and how to care for your nasal passages through regular sinus rinsing. It is important to follow these instructions diligently for a fuss-free healing process.

2. Stay Hydrated

Hydration is key to promoting healing and reducing the risk of post-operative infections. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids, such as water and clear broth, to help thin out mucous. However, take note to steer clear of alcohol and caffeine, as they can dehydrate your body and exacerbate swelling.

3. Use a Humidifier

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Investing in a humidifier for your home can work wonders for your post-surgery recovery after sinusitis treatment. A humid environment helps keep your nasal passages moist, which aids in healing and reduces discomfort. Make sure to clean your humidifier regularly to prevent the growth of bacteria and mould to avoid doing more harm than good.

Read more: Your Guide to Common Treatment Methods for Sinusitis

4. Avoid Blowing Your Nose

While it may be tempting to clear your nasal passages by blowing your nose, resist the urge,  especially in the early stages of recovery. Aggressive nose blowing can increase swelling and lead to bleeding. Instead, opt for gentle blowing or nose wiping with a tissue, or use a saline spray to clear any mucous and gunk. 

5. Elevate Your Head

Elevating your head while sleeping can help reduce swelling and promote proper drainage of your sinuses. A simple way is to consider using extra pillows while a long-term solution could be investing in an adjustable bed to ensure your head remains elevated throughout the night.

6. Take It Easy

Recovery from sinus surgery requires patience and rest. Remember to avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and bending over for several weeks following your procedure. These activities can increase pressure in your nasal passages and hinder healing.

7. Watch for Signs of Complications

Although complications from sinus surgery are rare, all procedures are accompanied by a fair share of risks. Hence, it is essential to be vigilant and watch for any signs of trouble. If you experience a fever, severe pain, excessive bleeding, or other concerning symptoms, contact your ENT doctor immediately for further evaluation and professional advice.

Empowering Your Recovery

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By following these tips and strategies, you can achieve a smooth and successful recovery from sinus surgery

If you are considering sinus treatment or have any questions about the surgery, do not hesitate to reach out to our team. Dr Gan Eng Cern, our resident ENT doctor, is dedicated to ensuring every patient receives optimum care, both during and after their procedures. Our team is also here to support you every step of the way on your journey to better sinus health.

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    • Persistent blocked nose with mouth breathing or snoring

    Dr Gan Eng Cern

    Dr Gan Eng Cern is a distinguished ENT doctor with fellowship training. In addition to his clinical practice as an ear, nose and throat specialist in Singapore, Dr. Gan has contributed to the academic field as a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. He is recognised for his extensive research work, with numerous contributions to reputable international ENT journals. Dr Gan is also highly sought after as a speaker and has shared his surgical knowledge as a surgical dissection teacher at various prominent ENT conferences and courses.


    • 2020 – Reader’s Choice Gold Award for Best ENT Specialist (Expat Living Singapore)
    • 2016 – Best Educator Award (Eastern Health Alliance)
    • 2016 – “Wow” Award (Patient Compliment)
    • 2014 – Eastern Health Alliance Caring Award – Silver
    • 2014 – 19th Yahya Cohen Memorial Lectureship (awarded by the College of Surgeons, Academy of Medicine Singapore for best scientific surgical paper)
    • 2012 – Human Manpower Development Award (Ministry of Health, Singapore)
    • 2007 – Singhealth Best Doctor Award


    • MBBS – Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia)
    • MRCS (Edin) – Member of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    • MMed (ORL) – Master of Medicine in ENT (National University of Singapore)
    • FAMS – Fellow of the Academy of Medicine Singapore

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