Patients often feel sleepy and tired for several hours after the procedure and commonly rest through the remainder of the day. It is important to limit excessive or strenuous activity to allow your body to full recover. Children should avoid swimming, sports or playground activity for the remainder of the day. Some patients may also experience the following :
- Fever: This can occur in children if they do not stay hydrated during the recovery period. IV fluids will be administered throughout the surgical procedure, however, it is important to continue drinking copious amounts of fluids when you are resting at home. In adults, fever may indicate the start of an infection at the surgical site and should be followed up by your surgeon.
- Nausea and vomiting: Nausea and vomiting are commonly seen after many medical and surgical procedures. Dr. Jahromi uses anesthesia techniques, which include antiemetic medications, to minimize this complication. Patients who have had nausea and vomiting with previous surgeries or who tend to experience motion sickness should discuss their experiences with Dr. Jahromi so that she can tailor the anesthesia to minimize this complication.
- Nosebleed: A special nasal tube is inserted during the surgery through which oxygen is administered. In some instances, the nasal tissue may become irritated, resulting in minimal bleeding. This tends to occur more during the cold, winter months but resolves quickly.