Preparing for a Sinus Medical Procedure

A sinus medical procedure is necessary for detecting a fluid buildup, inflammation or another problem. The procedures range from a sinus x-ray to an endoscopic sinus surgery. You may feel anxious about scheduling the appointment, but there are ways to prepare for your x-ray or surgery. Use the following tips to prepare for your sinus medical procedure.

Your doctor may want to start with an x-ray to figure out if you need medication or surgery. It is an outpatient procedure, but learning about the procedure can help you prepare for your sinus x-ray.

  • You are going to need to remove jewelry and metal objects before the test. If it is possible, leave your jewelry at home and do not wear anything with metal on it. This way, you do not have to worry about removing everything before the procedure.
  • The next step is to sit or lay down on the table, with your head in line with the x-ray machine. You are going to need to hold very still for a few seconds so the machine can take the x-ray.

Your doctor may prescribe medication for inflammation and schedule surgery to take care of the problem. While it may sound scary, the following tips can help you prepare for an endoscopic sinus surgery.

  • You need to schedule a physical with your primary doctor before the surgery. The physical includes basic lab tests and additional tests requested by your doctor. Your doctor will provide a note with medical clearance for the surgery.
  • Your specialist will talk to you about what you need to avoid several weeks before your surgery. The list usually includes medication such as Advil, Coumadin, and St. John’s Wort, and your specialist will also recommend you stop smoking as well.
  • You cannot eat or drink anything after midnight on the day of your surgery. Your doctor will talk to you about the medication you can take the morning of the surgery, but you should only take them with permission and small sips of water. For safety reasons, you cannot go under anesthesia unless you have an empty stomach.
  • You are going to be asleep during the procedure, and the doctors will give you time to wake up. You can expect to go home several hours after the surgery, and you will be given a packet of instructions for postoperative care.

Whether you are undergoing an x-ray or surgery, a sinus medical procedure may sound overwhelming or frightening. Do not be afraid to ask questions or address your concerns if you are feeling worried. You may feel better if you bring a relative or friend with you on the day of your procedure. The best thing you can do is try to remain calm and not stress out. Remember to follow all the instructions from your specialist before and after the procedure.

If you feel you may have a problem with your sinuses that require medical attention, be sure to make an appointment with a specialist as soon as possible. Your specialist may recommend an x-ray, medication or surgery for the problem. You can ask your primary doctor to refer you to the proper specialist.

There are several ways to physically and mentally prepare for your sinus medical procedure, from removing your jewelry before an x-ray to not taking certain medications before the surgery. Your specialist will give you instructions to help you prepare for your sinus medical procedure.

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