How painful is this surgery?
You will have no pain during the surgery. Afterward, most people have mild to moderate pain, but mostly pressure and a sense of congestion. Some people do not need any pain pills at all; many need just plain or extra strength Tylenol; others need stronger pills with a narcotic. Maintaining head elevation at all times helps minimize the pressure or pain.
If you are given a strong painkiller (narcotic), do not drive, run dangerous machines, or make important decisions while under its effects. In general, you should eat prior to taking both pain and antibiotic medications. Doing so will to help avoid nausea and vomiting. Two to three cleanings of the sinus openings may be necessary in the office by your surgeon at approximately two-week intervals. This will provide you with the best possible result from your surgery.