Postoperative Care of the Frontal Sinus

  • Jose Luis Mattos
  • Zachary M. Soler


Given the challenge of maintaining patency of the frontal sinus after surgery, postoperative care is critical to long-term success. Each section of this chapter will begin with a discussion of general postoperative care after sinus surgery, as there are overarching themes and concepts that apply to all of the paranasal sinuses, including the frontal. Approaches that are specific to frontal sinus will then be examined. Since the postoperative care of the Draf II sinusotomy and Draf III differ, postoperative care specific to these procedures will be discussed separately when appropriate. To the extent possible, the highest-level evidence will be reviewed for specific techniques. However, where there is lack of controlled, clinical trials specifically related to postoperative frontal care, recommendations will be made as they apply to postoperative care in endoscopic sinus surgery.


Topical corticosteroids Saline irrigation Debridement Stent Draf III Trephination 


Conflict of Interest

Zachary M. Soler is supported by grants from Entellus, Intersect, and Optinose, none of which is affiliated with this manuscript. Dr. Soler is a consultant for Olympus, which is not affiliated with this manuscript. There are no disclosures for Jose L. Mattos.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jose Luis Mattos
    • 1
  • Zachary M. Soler
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Rhinology and Sinus Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck SurgeryMedical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA

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