Postoperative instructions following DCR (Lacrimal Duct) Surgery
- The surgery involved your nasal passageway. A mild nosebleed is normal. DO NOT BLOW YOUR NOSE until seen for follow-up as this can cause a severe nosebleed.
- If a severe nosebleed occurs, follow these guidelines:
- Spray Afrin nasal spray (nose spray given to you at the time of surgery) into that nostril several times.
- Pinch your nose firmly just under the bony part of the nose.
- Do not tilt your head back.
- If severe bleeding continues for more than 5 minutes, go to your closest emergency room to have them pack your nose.
- You may notice some slight oozing of blood along the incision, or some bloody tears. A small amount of this is normal. If it should persist or worsen, please call the doctor.
- If you have a skin incision, use the ointment on the stitches 4 times a day. Sutures will be removed during your follow-up visit.
- Use the prescription nasal spray twice a day on the operated side.
- Use the prescription eye drops 4 times a day in the operated eye.
- Take the antibiotic pills by mouth as directed until they are all finished.
- If you have a stent in the inside corner of your eye, try not to pull on it. If you have irritation from the stent, over-the-counter artificial tear drops (Refresh®, Genteal®, Systane®) may help. The irritation generally improves after several days.
- Ice / cold packs (frozen peas in a clean Ziploc bag work best!) will help decrease swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Use them for 15 minutes of every hour, while awake, for the first 3 days. If you cannot do it so often, use cold packs at least 4 times a day.
- It is OK to shower and wash around the surgical area gently starting the day after surgery. Do not aim the water directly at the incisions.
If you have any questions concerning the above information, please contact Dr. Dal Canto’s medical assistant at 801-501-6250. For urgent questions or problems after hours and on weekends, you will be given Dr. Dal Canto’s pager number.