First 2 Weeks After Your Nasal Procedure

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Another video brought to you by the Modern Nose Clinic.  

This video answers the age-old question.  

What the heck is going on in my nose after surgery?  

Good morning, it's Doug's Skarada, Modern Nose Clinic and we're going to talk about postoperatively what's happening inside your nose and try to walk backwards and not bump into a door.

So we both have interesting things to see on this video, don’t we? Anyway, so you survived the surgery. Congratulations. I knew you could do it. A lot of things are happening inside your nose and they happen to everybody.  And, so we thought this video might be informative so people are reassured as they notice the symptoms they're experiencing.  

Well a couple of things are working against you.  

First of all you've had infection for at least three months or you've had infection repeatedly over several years. So inside your nose there's specialized skin we call it mucosa. And, the mucosa has little tiny fingers that we call cilia and they beat one direction. They're very important. They're like the janitorial service, cleaning your nose out every day. Remember your nose is designed to collect dirt, dust, pathogens, viral particles, bacteria fungus and eliminate it in a very organized manner.  So it's continuously filtering all of the dirt and dust and the environment as we're trying to deliver physiologic airflow, another video if you'd like to watch it. And we're trying to have maximally conditioned air reaching the back of your nose and going into your throat.

So the cilia form a very important part of that. They move a layer of mucus along a predetermined pathway through your nose and those cilia go to sleep because of the infection and/or the surgery. And in our experience for most healthy people they start to wake up between one week and three weeks following the surgery. As they wake up, what happens is the scabs, the mucus, the blood and the infection that's been there for a long time starts to get mobilized.

You absolutely have to do your nasal rinse bottle. For some reason that I don't understand, some of you patients have decided it's not that important. It is. You should be doing a minimum of four bottles a day. One bottle on the right side, one bottle on the left side in the morning. One bottle on the right side and one bottle on the left side in the evening. If you'd like to do it more often that's fine.

Looks like my glasses are always crooked, doesn't it? Anyway, I have never had to look at my ugly mug as much as I have had to making these videos because I'm doing these selfies and I'm looking at myself talk and it's kind of weird.

Anyway, so they're waking up and you're gonna have cold like symptoms. Yes you'll have congestion. Yes you're gonna have decreased sense of smell. That's all normal. You might even feel tired because if you think about it your body is diverting energy towards the healing process. So normally you'll have excess energy each day for discretionary activities but now a certain percentage of that energy is being diverted towards the healing process. So it's normal to feel tired, have a runny nose, nasal congestion but don't worry that all goes away. It all goes away just like me because we're done this video and now I'm gonna try not to hit my head again.

Okay, thank you. Take care. Thank you for surviving the surgery and thank you for surviving this video.

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