Preparing for Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

You're going to have sinus surgery. You'll be asked to do some things to get ready. Follow all the instructions you’re given. If you have questions, call your healthcare provider’s office. 

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Before surgery

To get ready for the surgery, you may be told to:

  • Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take. This includes prescribed and over-the-counter medicines. It also includes vitamins, herbs, and other supplements. Ask if you should stop taking them before surgery.

  • Tell your provider if you have a pacemaker.

  • Tell your provider if you have any allergies.

  • Not take any medicines that have aspirin or ibuprofen for 7 days before surgery or as directed.

  • Ask a family member or friend to drive you home after surgery.

  • Follow any directions you're given for not eating or drinking before surgery.

  • Tell your provider if you smoke. Try to quit before your surgery. This can reduce the risk of any problems. If you need help quitting, talk to your provider. They can give you some resources.


Anesthesia is medicine that keeps you pain-free. It's given by a trained doctor (anesthesiologist). Or by a certified and registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). A CRNA is an advanced practice nurse. They'll talk to you about the type of anesthesia that you'll have. You may be given 1 or more of these:

  • General anesthesia. This puts you in a deep sleep during surgery.

  • Local anesthesia. This is injected into the skin. It numbs only the area being treated.

  • Monitored sedation. This makes you drowsy or slightly asleep. It doesn’t put you into a deep sleep.

Risks of surgery

This surgery has a high success rate. But as with any surgery, there are some risks. These may include:

  • Infection

  • Bruising

  • Too much bleeding

  • Changed sense of taste or smell

  • Spinal fluid leakage (very rare)

  • Eye injury (very rare)

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