Joshua

United States

#1429 Mar 13, 2010
Good luck Michael
Haniet

San Jose, CA

#1430 Mar 16, 2010
Belinda, I'm supposed to have the same surgery as you're describing. However my Dr. said that it is possible that the sinus surgery might not work at all because my sinus is considerably small and it might have never developed. Do you think I should see another Dr. or should I just go for it? do you still feel good?
Thanks
Belinda Savannah wrote:
Well, I'm 3 weeks post op. I had a septoplasty, turbinate reduction and new channels made between my sinuses and nasal passages...they were completely obstructed. I was completely out for the surgery (for this many procedures, I recommend that!). I stayed at the hospital for 12 hours to recover. I had to have morphine and phenergan (so I didn't vomit) afterward. I bled for the first 48 hours and had to wear a gauze thing under my nose. But, my doctor does not believe in packing and instead used 5 splints in my nose. I highly recommend NO packing based on what I hear and some doctors do that. I also recommend that if you're having all these procedures, you try to have no less than 2 full weeks to recover at home and another couple weeks of easy duty where you can rest / go home when you need to. Ask around about doctors! I can't say that enough! The guy I went to had performed surgery on 2 other people I knew who haven't been sick for years since their surgery. He had done thousands of procedures.
For over 2-weeks I was waiting to take the pain meds about 20 minutes before my next dose--it really hurt, including my teeth which still hurt a bit. It felt like someone took a 2x4 and hit me with it from the bridge of my nose to my top teeth! I couldn't do anything around the house for 2 solid weeks--nothing! My husband had to do everything for the family. I lost my appetite and when I was hungry I managed to make a can of soup or something like that, but mostly slept!!
Something to keep in mind if they correct your deviated septum is that your nose could look different! I didn't expect this. Frankly, I'm glad they straightened my nose (it used to go to one side a bit), but now the tip of my nose is wider. It looks OK, but it's weird to look in the mirror and see something different than usual. It's good my doctor was also a plastic surgeon--so if you're having a deviated septum corrected, also look for that!
Another thing that surprised me is that now I'm sneezing like crazy! Apparently that's normal at this stage, but again a surprise.
Regarding the breathing...I no longer snore or breathe heavily at night like I used to and I can finally breathe in without either of my nostrils closing. I did contract a virus after the surgery which caused delayed recovery, vomiting, migraine, etc. but according to the doctor, that was unrelated. Other than that, although very, very uncomfortable (and embarrassing if you have to be around a lot of people afterward), it has been tolerable with pain meds and a husband to take good care of me...just make sure you have enough pain meds.
Oh, also, use a humidifier and air purifier when you sleep and in your recovery room at home for as long as you can--it really helps.
Good luck!
MCM

Clarksville, TN

#1431 Mar 30, 2010
I just had the deviated septum and turbinate reduction surgery yesterday. The doctor also found polyps and removed them. This was brought about by a couple of years of bad allergy reactions and an inability on my part to be able to adequately treat myself with antihistamines and decongestants due to inability to be able to void due to BPH, enlarged prostate. I did not realize that there were meds that worked for folks with BPH like singulair and claritan. I was on steroid dose packs(predazone) three times and they would work for a month then things would start to get worse. Also I was living in an old country house that was built too low to the ground and after much rain mold appeared all over my walls; I have since moved to a better house. The Mold appearing in the old house was when things went from bad to worse and all the predizone dose packs were taken during this time. My internal medicine doctor did not tell me about clariton or singular. He sent me to an Allergist who put me on those drugs,began testing and gave me a steroid shot. He then ordered a CAT scan shot from the front with me on my back. When results came back even though I felt much better and had relief for just over two months he still felt I should see an ENT doc. The ENT wanted another CAT scan this time shot with me face down to revile more detail which he felt he couldn't see with the first scan. The Allergist felt he could not treat me well and I might need surgery; this was confirmed with the second scan. Both Doctors said I only had about 5% on the sinuses working. I forgot to say that I had been taking Flonase for well over two years,it used to work but now it was failing to work anymore. Today I called and found out I should not take Clariton, Flonase or Singular during the healing process. The night of the Surgery I took Clariton and Singulair but no Flonase. I am somewhat concerned about temporarily loosing these meds due to the fact that they especially Clariton control my Hives some what.I'm hoping that when they washed out my sinuses with antibiotics that they gave me some more steroids or something to keep the allergies from coming back with a vengeance. They had stopped all allergy testing until this surgery was done. I am recovering well on my second day after surgery with some head ache pain,not too bad though and of course some nose pain from the cutting and stints but it is not as bad as I thought it would be. Any thoughts about my case would be appreciated. I am optimistic that I can get a handle on this and be able to resume an active life again. Can't wait to be able to get out and bike again and do a little fishing.
MCM

Clarksville, TN

#1432 Mar 30, 2010
I just had the Surgery done (see latest post)and have tinnitus too and wonder the same thing. I will let you kow if mine gets better.
Linda wrote:
I am considering septoplasty and maxillary polyp removal. After reading these horror stories, I am reconsidering. Did anyone experience tinnitus along with their sinus issues, and was the tinnitus impacted in any way by the surgery?
KSS

Mays Landing, NJ

#1433 Mar 31, 2010
MCM wrote:
I just had the deviated septum and turbinate reduction surgery yesterday. The doctor also found polyps and removed them. This was brought about by a couple of years of bad allergy reactions and an inability on my part to be able to adequately treat myself with antihistamines and decongestants due to inability to be able to void due to BPH, enlarged prostate. I did not realize that there were meds that worked for folks with BPH like singulair and claritan. I was on steroid dose packs(predazone) three times and they would work for a month then things would start to get worse. Also I was living in an old country house that was built too low to the ground and after much rain mold appeared all over my walls; I have since moved to a better house. The Mold appearing in the old house was when things went from bad to worse and all the predizone dose packs were taken during this time. My internal medicine doctor did not tell me about clariton or singular. He sent me to an Allergist who put me on those drugs,began testing and gave me a steroid shot. He then ordered a CAT scan shot from the front with me on my back. When results came back even though I felt much better and had relief for just over two months he still felt I should see an ENT doc. The ENT wanted another CAT scan this time shot with me face down to revile more detail which he felt he couldn't see with the first scan. The Allergist felt he could not treat me well and I might need surgery; this was confirmed with the second scan. Both Doctors said I only had about 5% on the sinuses working. I forgot to say that I had been taking Flonase for well over two years,it used to work but now it was failing to work anymore. Today I called and found out I should not take Clariton, Flonase or Singular during the healing process. The night of the Surgery I took Clariton and Singulair but no Flonase. I am somewhat concerned about temporarily loosing these meds due to the fact that they especially Clariton control my Hives some what.I'm hoping that when they washed out my sinuses with antibiotics that they gave me some more steroids or something to keep the allergies from coming back with a vengeance. They had stopped all allergy testing until this surgery was done. I am recovering well on my second day after surgery with some head ache pain,not too bad though and of course some nose pain from the cutting and stints but it is not as bad as I thought it would be. Any thoughts about my case would be appreciated. I am optimistic that I can get a handle on this and be able to resume an active life again. Can't wait to be able to get out and bike again and do a little fishing.
It's good to hear that you're coming along. Sinus surgery certainly poses special risks, being that close to your brain. At least you didn't have to have your sinuses packed with gauze as I did in my '03 pituitary surgery. It's a good thing I was on a morphine drip at the time -- I wouldn't want to fully recall the trauma of having that stuff pulled out!
Virginia

Huntsville, AL

#1434 Apr 3, 2010
I had sinus surgery 2 months ago (late January -- it's now early April) and have had ZERO sense of smell/taste since then. Before the surgery, taste/smell would come and go, but the two weeks right before the surgery, everything was fine. The surgery itself seemed relatively OK -- I had some bleeding post-surgery but very little pain; I was exhausted for a couple of weeks, but really otherwise seemed to heal fairly quickly. I had hoped surgery would IMPROVE my smell/taste and am very disheartened to find it gone. I saw my ENT this past week and his comment was, "Well, looks like you're out of luck." He gave me a 5-day course of prednisone but didn't think it would help much. He just mumbled about the olfactory sense being very delicate and easily damaged. But if that's true, why don't more people permanently lose their smell after surgery? Anyway, I am posting this for two reasons: One, to warn people that Yes, you can lose your sense of smell FOREVER after this surgery, so be prepared for that -- it is a very awful loss. Two, to ask if anyone has lost smell for weeks or months and then regained it? I know some people have "poor" smell that later becomes "good"...but can "zero" smell become anything other than zero?
Norma

Saint John, Canada

#1435 Apr 4, 2010
Virginia:

I had FESS surgery, turbinate reduction, deviated septum and polyps removed 2 years ago. Before surgery I had no taste or smell for 1 1/2 years. The surgery was successful as I could breathe after a week or so, but I am sad to say that my sense of taste and smell have not returned for any great length of time. Last year I went to the Carribean and the flight and moist air must have done something because for 2 weeks my senses were back in full force.

Every once in a while they come back for a couple of hours or a day but not permantly. I know how you feel. I have gained a lot of weight trying to satisfy my taste buds and it never happens. I can taste salt, spice, and sweet and sour things.

I would give it 6 months before you give up because it takes a long time for the cavities to heal. Most people do get everything back so don't dispair.
Joshua

Carrollton, TX

#1436 Apr 4, 2010
It takes a while to heal. I had it done Jan 8th of this year. I've healed a lot and had to deal with a. 2 month post op sinus infection. It just takes time. I smell better out of my left nostril than I do my right (althogh I'm told that that's normal). Give it some time though. I'm sure it will come back slowly
rickyJ

Rio Rancho, NM

#1437 Apr 5, 2010
Hello folks Ricky j here once again, Just updateing you on my progress it;s benn 6 months post op and i am feeling great. The only thing i got a sinus infection again. I understand that it's just one of those things that happenes, so for people out there thinking they won't get infections anymore are sadly mistaken. My surgey in my opinion was a great success. I am blowing out mass amounts of mucous that is green in color. Which is good because before the surgerey i would not blow out anything at all. I am doing all i can to get through this fast. Drinking tons of water and using rinse. I can also breath very well all the time. Even when i am sick. So anyone getting this surget it is not a cure for getting infections. It is supposed to help when you get sick drain out. Also i believe i just blew out a scab that i had in their forever. I am still healing even after six months. But my surgery was very major, lots of stuff was done. And recovery time was horrible.
MCM

Clarksville, TN

#1438 Apr 5, 2010
Just had it done, septoplasty, turbinate trim and polyps removed here in Nashville Tn. Had a rough week very tired, couldn't sleep well without pain med. The pain was not terrible just had an uncomfortable headache and I felt real weak. Had the stints taken out today and feel much better, still a little sore but not bad.I did not have gauze packing and the splint removal was painless as well as the cleaning that the doc did.I am going to an Allergist too to get immunized against the allergy triggers that effect me. I am very optimistic about the future so far
sean

Westminster, CA

#1439 Apr 18, 2010
I had FESS and septoplasty 17 days ago. My reasons were because I had chronic sinusitis, chronic fatigue, could hardly breathe through my nose, and I had terrible post nasal drip and sporadic drainage (which over the years started to give me really bad heartburn, then constipation, then hemorrhoids). The ENT I saw at UCLA does not use packing.

After surgery my heart rate was 120 bpm and they couldn't figure out why. They ran numerous tests and kept me there for 12 hours. It was horrible. One nurse thought it was the pre-surgery cocaine packing, but who knows. They sent me home anyways and my heart rate stayed high for 4 or 5 days.

The first week after surgery I had occasional blood dripping. Everything was swollen shut. Very little nose or sinus pain, but lots of throat pain from what they described as a difficult laryngoscopy.

After a week everything started to open up and much of the day I could breath better. However, a lot of pain started at this point. I've been having horrible sinus headaches ever since (I never had them before the surgery).

I see the doctor in a few days and I can only hope to God my problems now will go away. I would much rather be where I was pre-surgery than deal with these headaches from now on. Even if this eventually does turn out well, I will never recommend this surgery to anyone who hasn't exhausted other options first - including balloon sinuplasty.
Mandy

Spring, TX

#1440 May 2, 2010
I had sinus surgery on Friday April 30th at roughly 145 in the afternoon. It was outpatient for severe chronic sinusitis. I had a blockage above my right eye which could not be unblocked. I had several other sinus cavities opened and cleared out. I had the turbinates in both sides of my nose reduced. For me the anesthesia was the worst part of the whole ordeal. It made me severly nauseated which wore off after they gave me medicine at the hospital. I waited too long to take my pain meds which made for an extremely painful Friday night. Saturday was not bad. My energy levels were pretty low. Doing anything took alot out of me. Today is the same. I am able to do more than yesterday, but still not up to my normal energy levels. I have had very little bleeding, but I go tomorrow to have the packing removed and thats when I expect the drainage and bleeding to become a little more prevalent. My doctor prescribed me Darvocet for the pain, Prednisone and Augmentin for post surgery. So far it hasnt been too bad. I took my last pain pill at 7 this morning and its now 3 and Im feeling pretty good. I am ready for the packing to be removed. The pain that Ive had is because I forget to breathe through my mouth when Im sleeping and breathe through my nose. Im praying that the pressure on my right frontal sinus cavity may go down and allow it to drain, otherwise I may have to have another procedure done in 6 months.. I wish my general practicioner would not have diagnosed me with migraines last year. I knew it was my sinuses but they kept saying migraines. Luckily, with my insurance I didnt have to have a referral to go to my ENT doctor. After 4 visits and a CT scan, he said surgery was needed. I am hoping to feel much better as I was having SEVERE SEVERE sinus headaches.. Not to mention round after round of meds for the infections.. I would say that as of right now, I think the benefits are going to outweight the few days of pain/exhaustion.. Good luck with whatever you decide!
Marilyn

Nottingham, PA

#1441 May 3, 2010
I must have posted to the wrong area so I'll try again. Sorry for any duplication. I'm having sinus surgery next week and I'm quite terrified. I've already canceled previously scheduled surgeries twice, mainly because I'm claustrophobic and know than not being able to breath may cause panic attacks. I'm having disolvable packing and I'd like to know if anyone can tell me how many days I may have to go before some air comes through at least one of my nostrils. My post op appt is one week after the surgery and I cannot imagine not being able to breath for seven days. I'm not really afraid of the pain, as I know I can control that with medication. Please help before I panic and cancel. I need the surgery as I have a deviated septum.
Mandy

Spring, TX

#1442 May 6, 2010
Dont cancel it.. Its not as bad as what you think its going to be.. If you are having dissolvable packing, it shouldnt be too bad.. I had some disolvable and then some regular packing.. Once Dr Morgan removed the nondissolvable packing, I could breathe.. Now Im quite congested, but thats to be expected. You will be fine. I promise. I think today has been my worst day as far as feeling bad becasue I went back to work today. SHouldnt have gone.. Take the time off work/school like your dr says! Let me know how it goes for you.. Ill say a prayer for you!
Marilyn

Leesburg, NJ

#1443 May 7, 2010
Thank you for your comment Mandy. It helps. I'm hoping that if I just have the dissolvable packing that I will be able to breath before my first doctor's visit. Thanks for the prayer and yes, I plan on staying home for at least a full week.
NiceB

Harrow, UK

#1444 Jun 2, 2010
I also suffer from chronic sinus and septum deviation. I have been considering surgery for a long time but never did anything. This time round I have about 3 weeks of holiday and I would like to have it done once and for all. Can anyone recommend a surgeon in London and what is the approximate cost to have it done? Any input will be appreciated.
Balls Deep

Hudson, WI

#1445 Jun 4, 2010
Tami wrote:
I had sinus surgery and a septoplasty in July of this year. I healed fairly quickly, but approximately 6 weeks later I developed yet another sinus infection. I have been doing the NeilMed sinus rinse EVERY day since the 2nd day after my surgery. My ENT put me on an antibiotic for 14 days, which worked for maybe a week or two. I have yet another infection and have been put on a steroid and another antibiotic for 14 more days. I have been doing a lot of reading on chronic sinusitus in relation to a weakened immune system. My doctor thinks my chronic sinus problems may be related to pregnancy and childbirth. Does anyone have any information on this topic?
Your probably getting your infections from the sinus rinse. You should wait at least 1 week before doing sinus rinses. Your fault chump!
Joshua

Plano, TX

#1446 Jun 7, 2010
Ignore the above poster. Sinus rinses do not typically give you infections. Sinus infections AFTER surgeries do tend to happen. I had one for about 6 weeks post op. I didnt do rinses so they were no caused by rinses. I began doing them when they cultured my mucus and found out the specific type of bacterian in my nose. That was when I got the right antibiotics to do the job. Cleared it up and infection free since Late Feb 2010. Take a multi-vitamin, eat healthy/change your diet and get that nose cultured. They need to ID the specific bacteria that is causing this. Good luck to you Nice B.
macmermaid

Oakland, CA

#1447 Jun 8, 2010
I had my septoplasty and turbinate reduction surgery exactly two weeks ago. It apparently "went very well" (or do they all say that?). Coming out of surgery I felt a lot of pain, but the worst was my two front teeth. I read somewhere that may have been due to a breathing tube. I got a shot of some painkiller at the hospital, and when I got home I immediately took anti-nausea medicine and a vicodan - I stayed ahead of the curve on those the first day, and then on the vicodan for the first three days. I ended up sleeping most of the first three days.

The splints came out exactly a week ago on day 8. I fainted in the Drs. office after the suctioning was done. I hurt, but it didn't seem to hurt that much. I had taken two vicodan before I went in. I was very naseous - I think the vicodan made me naseous.

My doctor had me start taking Augmentin and Prednisone two days before the surgery. The Prednisone was five days, and he told me I could stop the Augmentin the day of the splints came out. I believe that was my FIRST mistake.

The next day I laid low and felt better, so the day after that (Day 10) I went out and about as usual. I think that was my SECOND mistake. I felt a slight sinus headache that day, but I wondered if it was just because I wasn't using painkillers any more. Then on day 11 the headache was a bit worse. Day 12 ---- I realized I had developed a nasty sinus infection. Gobs of green and yellow goo with blood in it, and terrible headache. I just felt horrible. I started the Augmentin again, but now on day 15 I still feel terrible. Sometimes in the past couple when I am doing the sinus irrigation (which I have done faithfully at least 3-4 times a day since the surgery)very red clots come out and also new blood. No heavy bleeding though. It seems like the Augmentin isn't working well.

I'm not all that surprised that I got a sinus infection. The sinuses were obviously still very tender and raw when I went off the Augmentin and decided to go out in the world and expose myself to germs. If I were to do it over again, I think I would stay on the Augmentin much longer, and avoid public places. Maybe wear gauze over my nose if I had to go out.

Reading this forum is a bit depressing! I have to assume that for every person posting on this forum about their bad experience, there are 4 or 5 that had no complications after their surgery.

I go in for my next follow up in two days on day 17. I am not looking forward to the suctioning.

I suppose I am lucky that I am not working right now, and that it is summer, when I usually never get sinus infections. All of mine happen between October and April - usually 6 or 7 a season. That was the only reason I had the surgery. I didn't have any problem breathing through my nose even when I had an infection.

But right now, after reading these posts, it seems like I am probably looking forward to a couple months of battling this infection.

Thanks for reading!!!
Erin McIntyre

New York, NY

#1448 Jun 20, 2010
I battled chronic sinus infections for years and decided to have the surgery when nothing else seemed to work. I wish I had done it years earlier! Here's a link to an article I wrote about the experience: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1709...

Best of luck to everyone who's considering having this surgery - it changed my life!

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Surgery Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
Skin Tightening Now Possible Without Surgery 17 hr Gerald Vonberger 1
Quit smoking, says heart surgeon Tue RubenFogg 4
Impacted Wisdom Teeth: Oral Surgery and Extraction Tue bryanflake1984 2
Knee Replacements with DePuy (Feb '10) Tue mare ez 92
Rough-and-tumble dogs top people on knee surgery Oct 16 Gerald Vonberger 1
Britain's oldest sex change as James becomes Ru... Oct 13 TerryE 1
Transgenderism Is A Mental Illness, Not A Civil... Sep 30 TerryE 1

Surgery People Search

Addresses and phone numbers for FREE