I had sinus surgery 15 days back. When will the pain go away?

Q. I had sinus surgery 15 days back. When will the pain go away?

Answered by
Dr. Mehak Agarwal
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 12, 2018 and last reviewed on: Jul 13, 2023

Hello doctor,

I had my sinus surgery 15 days back. After four days nasal cleaning was done. After it, I got severe pain for five to seven days. But after that it reduced. But still, it persists. Please let me know how much time it will fully go away. I am clearing that I had all type of sinuses and my surgery time was three to four hours. Currently, I am taking nasal cleaning, spray, and antiallergic tablet. I also took antibiotics for 15 days.



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Are you not taking any anti-inflammatory medication? You should take paracetamol one gram twice daily. it will reduce swelling as well as pain.

Hello doctor,

Thanks for the reply. I forgot to mention that I took Sumo tablet twice a day. In those days, pain was severe but from fifth to the seventh day it reduced so I am just taking half of this tablet single or twice a day. It depends on pain. I just want to know that after how much more time pain will totally go away. So that I can do my all work as I did earlier. Now it is 17 days passed after surgery.



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Ideally, by this time your pain should have reduced completely. If there is still pain probably you need a review with the surgeon and continuance of antibiotics. Is there nose block and discharge as well? Crusting inside the nasal cavities post surgery can cause persistence of pain and nose block. When you go for a review the doctor can put an endoscope and check for the same. If crusts are there he may be able to remove it in his office itself without much issue. Sometimes there may be some lingering infection that causes pain. In that case, we continue the antibiotics or change over to a different antibiotic. I usually give Clarithromycin to my patients and in some cases Cephalosporin based on the weight and age of patients. Additionally, you should take painkillers like Paracetamol, antihistaminics, nasal douching, Chymoral forte (Trypsin-Chymotrypsin), steroid sprays, etc. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and take medications with their consent.

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