I did read about the nasal spray suggestion on many hospitals' OD info pages, so I have added that to my list of questions for the surgeon. Of course, I won't do or take anything he doesn't recommend.
I will not have dissolvable stitches but the old-fashioned kind. Did you have both an oculofacial and ENT surgeon like I will? I wonder if that's why I won't have the dissolvable stitches since I will only have two tiny incisions, one on the outside of each eye where my non-existant crow's feet are.
I just read some scary stuff about taking arnica by mouth on the University of Maryland Medical Center and American Cancer Society sites. And according to the National Institutes of Health, there is insufficient evidence to rate the effectiveness of bromelain for reducing swelling after surgery. I don't know, maybe they are working for you and I do prefer natural methods whenever possible, but I don't think I want to do anything that my surgeon does not explicitly prescribe pre- or post-surgery. Did you surgeon prescribe these for you? Or have you had good results with them in the past?
It takes a lot for me to take pain meds, but I do plan to be diligent after surgery, at least for the first few days and whenever I go to get my sinuses flushed. I have only taken them twice in the last year, for a second-degree sunburn on both of my legs (hip to toe, so pretty) and when I spent Superbowl Sunday in the hospital with norovirus along with half of Ft. Myers, so I need to be in pretty severe pain to take them.