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Nasal Irrigation After Sinus Surgery: What You Need To Know


For anyone who experiences chronic sinus problems that less conservative treatments don’t help, sinus surgery is a viable option. It can improve drainage, relieving your congestion and sinus pressure in the process. It’s a relatively minor procedure, but it’s still surgery. This means two things: milk it during the recovery process (you’ll get gifts!) and be sure to take care of yourself afterwards.

Of course, this means getting plenty of rest and following your doctor’s orders, but it also means nasal rinse.
Perhaps you’re skeptical. Perhaps you’re thinking – nasal rinse? That’s a fad. Perhaps you’re ready to cast it aside with the Atkin’s diet and jazzercise. But nasal rinse is effective (both after surgery and as a proactive measure). Here’s why…

In the days to weeks following surgery, most people experience nasal stuffiness and crusting. This usually lasts for about six weeks. Nasal rinsing introduces moisture into your nostrils, which helps soften the particles. However, the benefits aren’t limited to this arena.

Nasal rinsing also washes away surgical debris, of which there is likely to be some. Without clearing the nasal passages of this debris, they’ll remain clogged, leaving your surgery essentially moot (and you wanting a refund from your surgeon).

The sinuses clear themselves after surgery, but a nasal rinse helps this process along. By introducing distilled or sterile water into each nostril, you clear mucus and buildup. You also clear away bacteria (something that’s highly important as post-surgery periods are prime times for infections).

This clearance is why nasal rinsing works, even if you haven’t had surgery – it clears the nostrils of any contagions that may be lingering. It removes them before they can fully enter the body and allow colds and flus (or bacterial infections like strep throat) to take hold.

After surgery, you’ll likely want to blow your nose frequently – it’s full of stuff that you want out! However, doctors recommend that you don’t blow it for a week or so. The blowing can be traumatic and damage the healing tissues. Nasal rinsing is an alternative to blowing – it clears the passages without force.

Nasal rinsing can also soothe the sinuses. Following surgery, it’s not uncommon to be in some pain – the soothing effect of a nasal rinse should come as a welcome relief.

Your physician will probably give you specific instructions on how to use a nasal rinse as your post-op ally. In fact, most doctors recommend that you start using the rinse the day after surgery and that you use it at least twice daily. Once your nose heals, you may continue to use nasal rinse to flush out allergens and viruses.

ResQRinse is a new nasal rinsing system that uses choanal occlusion, a process that eliminates the negative side effects of other devices. ResQRinse also improves effectiveness by delivering the saline rinse directly through the nasal cavity. It is effective for people dealing with everything from allergies to sinus surgery. To learn more about the wonders it can do for your nose, please contact us.