Richmond's Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists

Recovering From Surgery

Recovery from ENT surgery ranges from minutes to days. Many of our newer sinus procedures and noninvasive cosmetic surgery procedures are designed to allow an immediate return to activity. Other procedures require some rest to reduce the risk of swelling and bleeding, or to recover from the postoperative discomfort.

If you have had a general anesthetic, you should go home and rest for the day. If you have had any type of sedation, or if you are requiring narcotic pain relievers, you should not drive or operate dangerous machinery for 24 hours. Nausea is not uncommon after general anesthesia. You may wish to begin with a clear liquid diet and progress slowly according to your appetite.

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