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Carol

Loveland, OH

#1 Jan 7, 2007
I had my surgery on 12/29, it seemed to go well and was not very long. I have no traditional packing, but the gel substance. It has been about 8 days and not to be gross, my phlegm still has blood in it. Is this common? I do have the exhaustion. I was wondering, is bed rest important in this process?
Lori

AOL

#2 Jan 9, 2007
I had surgery for a deviated septum and reduction of turbanate on Jan. 2. I have a moderate tolerance for pain and I found it to be one of the most painful surgeries I've had! I do not have packing, but splints in the nose, which will be taken out this week. I am taking two weeks off of work and glad I did as I am still very, very fatigued. I am finding the more rest I get the better. My advice to anyone having this surgery is to take time to rest and heal. This is my first (and hopefully only) surgery and I hope it helps as I've had chronic sinus infections for nearly 35 years. Has anyone else had extreme pain or fatigue for over a week after this surgery? Thanks! Lori
biz

Brewster, MA

#3 Jan 20, 2007
lori i had surgery 2 mths ago and i am still fatigued.it's not much different from having a cold the only difference is you have an infection and that's the main factor for the fatigue.the fatigue takes a toll it wipes me out completely.i can barely get up in the morning once i'm up though i get better as the day goes on.
Andrea

UK

#4 Feb 6, 2007
I had my operation on 19 January for a deviated septum and it also had to be cauterised. I was in surgery for roughly an hour. Wasn't informed of what happened. My nose was pretty good up until two days ago. My right nostril is blocked, I think there is a scab or something which wont come out. I've blown my nose, although I was told not to until 2-3 weeks. It was two weeks when I first blew it. What is the healing process on this? I haven't been given any after care, no drugs apart from pain killers when I first came out of hospital. I've been reading loads on this website about drops etc, I haven't been told to use any of these. I didn't have packing and I haven't even been informed of stitches. I did cough up a funny looking piece of material two days after. When will all the scabs and everything go away?
Marie

Rochester, NH

#5 Mar 10, 2007
I had my deviated septum and turbinate reduction done 1 week or so ago. I have to agree with most of you in that it has been extremely painful. They took out the packing early due to no post-op bleeding and then the splints came out a few days later. The congestion and the constant crap in your throat for the past week is one thing, the pain on one side of my face is unbearable. I'm still taking strong pain meds and it's interesting that I don't have any follow-up scheduled either. It feels like they don't give you enough information on this type of surgery.....it's get you in and get you out mentality. I don't think my surgeon even knew my name but I was desparate as I had been miserable for 4+ months and when he said he could help.......I just caved and went with him. Not sure it was the right decision or not.
Diana

AOL

#6 Mar 11, 2007
I had surgery for a deformed sinus and a deviated septum three weeks ago. I was lucky. I have a surgeon who gave me detailed instructions and follow up. He told me to use a nasal wash of 1/4 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp soda in 8 oz warm water. I sniffed it twice a day. Plus I drink 64oz of water a day and use Mucinex. I also used the salt/soda water as a soak. I warm it for 10 seconds in a shot glass and dip my nostrils in one at a time for 30 seconds. Then a Q-tip used very gently removes the crusts. He said to gently blow my nose. I got a lot of gunk out. But I didn't have packing and splints. The crusts were the worst thing. They really hurt until I soaked them out. I did use distilled water, though. Who knows what's in tap water. I've healed very well and had little pain. But I hated the sympathy aching from my teeth and the tweaks from my ears. My best friend was a hot water bottle. It took away the aching when I held it to my cheek. The worst after effect has been the fatique. I have to take a nap in the afternoon and feel draggy. I felt well enough to go skiing the other day--I loved the humidity, but could do only three runs. I was just exhausted. There's a moral there, I'm sure, about not rushing back to activity levels.
Lee

United States

#7 May 15, 2007
Had the surgery to fix a deviated septum. Wasn't sure to have it, wife said go ahead. Damn wife. I went in had surgery. I was off work for 1 week. Went back to work and things were looking ok. Alot of mucus and pain. Not to mention my front tooth aches so bad never hurt before ever... I had been told to use the soaking solution, had some packing and some came out, still mucus. Was at work..SNEEZED and all this boold shot out and would not stop. I bleed for 20 minutes like a waterfall. went to hospital they got it to stop. said go home. but ENT on call came, sprayed to numb it to take one look at it and it started again, he freaked told my wifed it looked like emergency surgery and didnt look good. But they put a balloon in it until my doctor came into town 4 days later. Then had it surgery to see what it was he nicked something the first time and had to repair it. I could had bleed the hospital was going to just send me on home. This is crazy don't have this surgery unless you really think twice and have a second opinion. I am going on my 7th week of healing and I still have mucus and coughing up blood from swolling it from the accident. SOrry I would never do it again. GOOD LUCK GUYS
Molly

Haverhill, MA

#8 Jun 3, 2007
I'm having surgery for a deviated septum and turbinate reduction in two weeks(and yes I did have a second opinion.) I'm shocked at how little many of your doctors told you! I already have two follow-up appointments scheduled after my surgery and have been sent letters and called by my doctor's office to remind me what to do/not to do before/after my surgery. I've also been forewarned about the pain, although I'm sure that I will not understand the full realm of it until I experience it. I think it's so important to make sure you have all of the information before you have surgery done and to make sure you're comfortable with the doctor and how much he's prepared you for the surgery.
jessie

Raleigh, NC

#9 Jun 7, 2007
I had septoplasty, sinuplasty, and inferior turbinate reduction in dec. 2006. Since the end of Jan 2007 i have had sinus infections on a very regular basis. I had a follow up ct scan and it didn't really show anything. SOme thickening of the mucus, but that was it. I constantly feel like somethings stuck way up in my left nostril. Anyways, i have been on several antibiotics and steriods, ontop of the nasonex, allegra-d, nasal rinse, and singulair i take daily. My doc wants to do a FESS. Its sort of the last option. I had some severe pain the first day or 2 after the surgery in dec. But by the 3rd day, also the day i had the packing removed, i was only taking 1 pain tablet a day and was back at work on day 5. Can anyone approximate how long i should be out with the fess? How long should there be real pain, like you have to take something? I'm a crabber, so its not like i go back and sit at a desk. Its very physical work. Thanks for any help!
jessie

Raleigh, NC

#10 Jun 7, 2007
Molly wrote:
I'm having surgery for a deviated septum and turbinate reduction in two weeks(and yes I did have a second opinion.) I'm shocked at how little many of your doctors told you! I already have two follow-up appointments scheduled after my surgery and have been sent letters and called by my doctor's office to remind me what to do/not to do before/after my surgery. I've also been forewarned about the pain, although I'm sure that I will not understand the full realm of it until I experience it. I think it's so important to make sure you have all of the information before you have surgery done and to make sure you're comfortable with the doctor and how much he's prepared you for the surgery.
I can honestly say, expect the worst pain you have ever experienced doubled. Not to scare you, but plan on the worst, and anything less makes it better. My doctor is great, and is highly recommended. His office has been great with explaining things to me. If you dont already do it, i suggest starting the saline rinse now, so you can get used to the feeling. I already have my 1st follow up scheduled, then from there he goes by how i am healing and feeling for the next appt. Good luck to you and i hope it works great and you never have to do it again!
Ann

San Diego, CA

#11 Jun 22, 2007
I just had my surgery last week and felt very very painful. Doctor used the packing and when it was taken out, the pain is almost killing me. My brain totally went blank when the pain hits me. And when the packing was inside me nose, I kept having fever and swollen throat. Also very bad, very bad headache associated with the packing. The packing staied with me for 3 days. If you can ask your doctor to remove it earlier, that would be very helpful to control the pain.
Mike

Bloomfield, CT

#12 Jun 25, 2007
Wow, some list of problems with so many people!
I had my septoplasty, etc. back in 2003. I had packing in for 6 days before it was removed.
I was absolutely miserable and in pain for 1 week. Then the packing came out and it was a little better. I had no extensive pain when the packing was removed but it was uncomfortable to have it done. I could breath better immediately after the packing was out but still had pain and drainage for another 2 weeks. I could not tolerate the fancy pain meds so had to rely on extra strength tylenol (3 at a time minimum). It did OK to reduce the pain so I could sleep a few hours at a time after the first 2 days.
I had scabs/stuff coming out for 30 days after surgery and wondered if it would ever stop, just like some of the others but it finally cleared up by then. The sad part is that it did not fix everything and I think they should have done more at that time.
I now have to go back. I have blockage and cysts that have caused infections that just won't go away. To say the least I am not looking forward to the event but seem to have little choice. The new procedure should not require packing (a good thing) and it is less invasive than the septoplasty, etc. also, the doctor tells me I should be well enough to do light work after 5 days and back to full workload in 2 weeks. We'll see...
I wish everyone the best and better health to all.
Velavan

Tübingen, Germany

#13 Jun 26, 2007
My Surgery on deviating septum to be rectified is scheduled on 4th of July 2007.Is it really necessary for me to undertake this one as i have read few people suggesting not to undergo the same.

I am in a dilemma now.suggest me as quick as possible to velavanp@yahoo.com
abrannen

United States

#14 Jun 29, 2007
I had my surgery exactly 9 days ago. They didnt leave any packing in my nose... just the magnetic stint. I have NO regrets.. im a little sore, but back to work. I was born with complete blockage, but now I can taste food and breathe through the nose. I would go through the surgery again in a heartbeat! My doctor was DR. Joseph Bradfield with the Barranco Clinic.- kudos to them!
Carolyn

Port Richey, FL

#15 Jul 10, 2007
help!!!
i had a septoplasty 2 months ago. i am SO glad that i did it, and SO glad that it's been 2 months. it was the worst surgery i've ever had to struggle through. my question is this: i still have scabbing, of a freakish nature even after 2 months. the scabs are longer that the joint of my index finger and about as wide. they're also thick as a coin and hurt like the devil when they come out. does anyone know if this is normal? i've made an appt. with my ENT doc, but unfortunately i know that he's going to blow me off. his patient bedside manner is truly lacking and i don't expect any info from him. has anyone else had this problem? also i smell something burning all the time since the surgery. i breath better, though. please help?
Carolyn

Port Richey, FL

#16 Jul 10, 2007
Velavan wrote:
My Surgery on deviating septum to be rectified is scheduled on 4th of July 2007.Is it really necessary for me to undertake this one as i have read few people suggesting not to undergo the same.
I am in a dilemma now.suggest me as quick as possible to velavanp@yahoo.com
did you have your surgery? how do you feel? luddite1955@msn.com
jessie

Raleigh, NC

#17 Jul 10, 2007
Mike wrote:
Wow, some list of problems with so many people!
I had my septoplasty, etc. back in 2003. I had packing in for 6 days before it was removed.
I was absolutely miserable and in pain for 1 week. Then the packing came out and it was a little better. I had no extensive pain when the packing was removed but it was uncomfortable to have it done. I could breath better immediately after the packing was out but still had pain and drainage for another 2 weeks. I could not tolerate the fancy pain meds so had to rely on extra strength tylenol (3 at a time minimum). It did OK to reduce the pain so I could sleep a few hours at a time after the first 2 days.
I had scabs/stuff coming out for 30 days after surgery and wondered if it would ever stop, just like some of the others but it finally cleared up by then. The sad part is that it did not fix everything and I think they should have done more at that time.
I now have to go back. I have blockage and cysts that have caused infections that just won't go away. To say the least I am not looking forward to the event but seem to have little choice. The new procedure should not require packing (a good thing) and it is less invasive than the septoplasty, etc. also, the doctor tells me I should be well enough to do light work after 5 days and back to full workload in 2 weeks. We'll see...
I wish everyone the best and better health to all.
I just this morning had FESS surgery. Back in Dec 2006 I had septoplasty, sinuplasty, and turbinate reduction. That was the worst surgery i have ever experienced, and trust me, i have a few different surgeries under by belt. This morning after the surgery they game me some meds cos my nose was burning. It wasn't extreme pain or anything. Matter of factly, the only meds i have had today was given to me at the surgery center. I was also given tylenol 3, but dont have any pain, just some pressure..i repeat..some, minimal pressure. Minimal drainage. I do have packing, a small amount, way up for the sinuses under my eyes and inbetween my eyes. I actually can still breath thru my nose with it in. Its weird, but i'm trying to only breath thru my mouth for now. If your supposed to have FESS, its going to be a breeze compared to the septoplasty! Good luck to you!
Trevor in Orlando

Fruitland Park, FL

#18 Jul 13, 2007
I am thinking about having this surgery ONLY because I find it difficult to breathe out of my nose and find myself breathing out of my mouth which is sometimes uncomfortable and I sometimes find myself trying to get more air when breathing. I have never had a sinus infection. After reading these blogs I am really having second thoughts though!!
john

Brighton, UK

#20 Jul 18, 2007
im feeling a bit ruff today!!! got a temp cold sweats and headache. is this normal after surgery???
jessie

Raleigh, NC

#21 Jul 19, 2007
Expect the blood/mucous for alteast a caouple weeks, when i had my first surgery(sinuplasty, septoplasty, inferior turbinate reduction) I had it few like a month. I just had FESS last tuesday. Its healing well i think, but i'm still getting quite a bit of blood clots/mucous. I never got cold sweats after surgery. I did have a headache for a while. Good luck to you, i hope its just your bodys way of healing.

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