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michelle atlanta ga

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#42
Oct 4, 2007
 
had turbinate and ethnoid reduction along with deviated septum on 9/13 , anyone had headaches or front toothaches?
Shelly

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#43
Oct 4, 2007
 
michelle atlanta ga wrote:
had turbinate and ethnoid reduction along with deviated septum on 9/13 , anyone had headaches or front toothaches?
I had a septoplasty, turbinate reduction and the sinuses cleaned out with a 'balloon' instrument on 9/25. Yes, I have front toothaches, but it's starting to fade some. I wasn't expecting this at all. Good luck.
John S

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#44
Oct 11, 2007
 
I'm not happy I read this thread :-D In 8 Hours I will be in the hospital and in 10 I will be under. I have had sinus problems for over 10 years and I know I will be glad I had this after several month... Not looking forward to the pain though.

Wish me luck!!!!
John S

Kuttawa, KY

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#45
Oct 12, 2007
 
Out of surgery.(4 hours)Just bleeding... Pain is minimal. I could breath alot easier until the bleeding started. I will update tomorrow of my progress.

Nurse said she hasn't seen a better initial result!! I looking promising so far...

Going to enjoy my day off from work...
Tammy

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#46
Oct 12, 2007
 
I had surgery for a deviated septum in 2003 and I felt great for about 1- 1 1/2 years then gradually I started having problems again. Congestion, cant breathe well through my right nostril etc. I went back to my ENT this year and had another CT scan done and I have a deviated septum again!! My dr says this is common sometimes for it to just grow back crooked but he sure didnt tell me this BEFORE I had the surgery. Anyone else been told this?? I dont want to have the surgery again but I am miserable!
John S

Kuttawa, KY

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#47
Oct 13, 2007
 
I'm a bit confused on where all the pain I have read about. I have not one pain killer since yesterday right after surgery.

I have swelling and can not breathe through my nose but zero pain. I started thinking I have nerve damage but then I touched my nose with little pressure and there was the pain.

I'm wondering if the laser that closed off all the blood vessels is the reason I'm havng a better and expected reult.

I still know I have a long way to go before I can say it's perfect but so far so good.

Only thing I see in my nose is a metal strip on the right side of my nose (inside) doctor told me it was a magnetic strip that is going to be taking out in 2 weeks.

Bleeding has stopped and I am getting little drainage.

I notice when I have drainage coming down I naturally sniff. I noticed my left nostral is semi open. I took a look inside there is still swelling but I do see a small slight, so I'm thinking the swelling is starting to go down
John S

Kuttawa, KY

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#48
Oct 15, 2007
 
I could semi breath through my nose today.

yipeee.....

I went to work for a couple of hours to investigate a complaint we recieved. I felt tired but I completed the inital investigation and submitted to customer.

Anyways, at the rate my nose has been clearing up. I will breath like pre surgery in 2 to 3 days and Hopefully I can breath like a human in a month.
Melanie

Saint Louis, MO

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#49
Oct 16, 2007
 
I am having a septoprasty and sinus surgery this thursday. I am honestly now terrified after I read all of these comments. I had it in my mind it wouldnt be to bad, but now im nervous. I have terrible headaches from the pain I already have and I cant breathe out of my nose or smell. I know I have to have this done, I just wanted to know if there is anyway to make the recovery easier. I dont handle pain well at all. Please let me know.
Shelly

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#50
Oct 17, 2007
 
Melanie wrote:
I am having a septoprasty and sinus surgery this thursday. I am honestly now terrified after I read all of these comments. I had it in my mind it wouldnt be to bad, but now im nervous. I have terrible headaches from the pain I already have and I cant breathe out of my nose or smell. I know I have to have this done, I just wanted to know if there is anyway to make the recovery easier. I dont handle pain well at all. Please let me know.
I had septoplasty, turbinate reduction and the deviated septum fixed on 9/25. If I could go back and redo some things it would be to use the saline solution more than 2x a day with 2 cups, rest more and manage the pain better with painkillers. It's been 3 weeks and I still have some pain (hurts to laugh). My doctor says it takes a month to recover and reminded me of this after 2 postop visits. Also, be a self-advocate. I go back tomorrow for another appointment and hopefully it wil be my last. On the brighter side, I can breath better through my nose which is quite nice. I wish you the best of luck!
michelle atlanta ga

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#51
Oct 21, 2007
 
Melanie wrote:
I am having a septoprasty and sinus surgery this thursday. I am honestly now terrified after I read all of these comments. I had it in my mind it wouldnt be to bad, but now im nervous. I have terrible headaches from the pain I already have and I cant breathe out of my nose or smell. I know I have to have this done, I just wanted to know if there is anyway to make the recovery easier. I dont handle pain well at all. Please let me know.
I agree with melanie I only did one cup of the saline washes 3 times a day but when I went to my 2nd visit he said to increase to 5 times or as many times as I wanted it because the saltwater helps to heal and soothes! well I fell 100% better, the only thing I have a problem with is sleeping at night, it seems it get reall congested by am. and doesnt blow out very well till I hit the steam in the shower or do a saline wash. I think so far it was worth it.
Kevin

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#52
Oct 23, 2007
 
Boy I couldn't disagree MORE with the comments posted here. I had my surgery on September 8th and felt absolutely great right after the surgery. Even made my own dinner right afterwards. My doctor did a great job explaining the procedure and getting me ready for surgery and there was no adverse reaction to the surgery because of his instructions.

My only adverse reaction has been the crusts. These have occurred in only one passage that was the most affected. the stink of these is not good, like an old tennis shoe! However, the doctor could remove these easily and the smell went away right away. Irrigation with saline seemed to help on this too.

Best yet I breathe normally all night. In the past i was waking up with a dry mouth from my mouth being open to breathe and my snoring was awful. Neither problem has appeared since the surgery. If you have a surgeon like mine, GO FOR IT. Made a tremendous difference in my life.
Shelly

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#53
Oct 24, 2007
 
I had surgery on 9/25 for turbinate reduction, septoplasty, and a balloon procedure to clear my sinuses. The dr. scoped and cleaned out my nose 6 days after. I could breath better, but was exhausted. On Oct. 10 I returned to the dr. due to execessive pain on one side~ wonder if it was due to the dr. cracking something during surgery. He told me this when I was reccvering shortly after surgery. Did not tell my husband. He told me I just had a cold. On the 18th I returned for a check up and he did a culture. I learned today I have a staph infection. After surgery, I took over a week off of work, did the saline solution and I am a little frustrated. I have to agree with the previous post that it is so important to have a competent doctor who will actively listen to the patient. I have to admit I can breath better, and do not regret doing the surgery despite the current pain. I am a little disappointed with the dr. though who is highly regarded in my community.
Larry - WVA USA

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#54
Oct 26, 2007
 
I had Septoplasty and turbinate reduction surgery on 09/10/07. I experienced a small amount of discomfort for about a week, and do still have some numbness in my right upper palett near the teeth line. But now it's October 26 and I can breathe through my nose and it's just great! I would strongly recommend this surgery for anyone having breathing difficulties. I'm sure some people have had some post-operative problems, but I'll bet most people have a positive post op experience. Check around for the best doctors and get two or three opinions and don't let the horror stories disuade you.
Cyndy - Independence MO

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Dec 20, 2007
 

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I had the whole 9 yards of surgery done on 11/2/07 - I will say that the initial surgery wasn't so bad other than the gauze mustache & packing in my nose (small plugs in each nostril). I bleed a little more than the ENT expected is what my husband told me. Turbintes reduced, septum straightned, left sinus cleaned out from years of imflamation - and the drainage hole made larger. I was given xanax and painkillers to sit still for the 1st 2 weeks. I was instructed to sleep in a recliner for 2 weeks as well. 3 days after sugery the plugs were removed, 2 days after that the stitches were removed from the inside of my nose (the shot in my nose hurt the most). It was almost 3 weeks after the surgery when the doctor "vaccumed" my sinuses... that was a little distressing, I'm a wuss when it comes to messing with my nose, ears or eyes. The saline spray I used every hour while awake was helpful in my healing process. I definitely had the energy zapped out of me. I felt that I should and could have done more but it didn't take long for me to realize I couldn't. I returned to work after 3 weeks of being off. I was drained each night after work. It does get better with time - I am now 6 weeks post op (nearly 7) though I am still passing some old blood but not often and I think I lost what looked like a mucus encased scab???? I will be happy when that stops :-) For me the true test to if I thought this is worth it or not is when I get a cold it doesn't immediately turn to bronchitus. The sinus couldn't drain so everything would fester and the infected post nasal drip is what tripped me into the bronchitus so suddenly.
Mike

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Dec 26, 2007
 

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I had sinus surgery about 3 weeks ago in my maxillary sinus. The doctors originally thought it was just a polyp but instead I had an inverted papilloma (which is a benign tumor). I hadnt been able to breathe for about a year in that side and now after the surgery I am almost 100%. The surgery itself wasnt too bad and I didnt even have to take any of the painkillers the doc gave me. Trying to sleep at night was the worst part having to leave my mouth open and lay on my back. Otherwise then that it really wasnt that bad. The worst part was the follow up with the doctor to remove the packing out of the sinus through my nose a few days after surgery. That stuff hurt real bad and then they picked some scabs and blood clots out too. Overall I would recommend having your sinuses checked because you never know whats in there and its nice to be able to sorta breathe agian!

Since: Dec 07

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#57
Dec 27, 2007
 
Hi, I had FESS and septoplasty done yesterday. I am returning to the dr. tomorrow for the packing and stitches to be removed. This is the second sinus surgery I've had, the first was done many years ago and we were hoping it would solve my constant sinus headaches. My nose was broken as a child and a splinterd part of bone was blocking the airway). This time, additional work was done because the chronic sinus infections returned a few yrs later. My upper sinus were closed and my septum was grossly deviated. I agree with Mike, the mouth breathing is the worst. I've also had some bouts with sneezing which isn't comfortable (make sure your mouth is open).
I've had numerous surgeries in the past including a tonsillectomy at 28 yrs old and a back and neck fusion just last year. This surgery isn't anything like those experiences.
My chief compalint is mouth breething and spitting up large amounts of blood clots draining down my throat. I have wiped around my nostrils with q tips coated heavily with triple antibiotic and I think that has helped a great deal.
Tomorrow is the worst- the packing will be removed and that's pretty disgusting. I dread that more than anything. I'll keep you posted.
Jen
SHANNA

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#58
Dec 27, 2007
 
I had sinus surgery done 12/18 did not have any problems with the surgery. I had cysts in both maxillary sinuses. They drained all of my sinuses because they would not drain by themselves. I have not had to take any pain medication since the surgery. I went back today 12/27 for the flushing of my sinuses and that was bad. I was not prepared for that. I was in alot of pain and almost passed out. If someone could give me tips of how to keep them moist so they don't have to pick them out, I would appreciate it. I have to go back 1/3 to get them flushed again.
Cyndy - Independence MO

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Dec 28, 2007
 

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SHANNA wrote:
I had sinus surgery done 12/18 did not have any problems with the surgery. I had cysts in both maxillary sinuses. They drained all of my sinuses because they would not drain by themselves. I have not had to take any pain medication since the surgery. I went back today 12/27 for the flushing of my sinuses and that was bad. I was not prepared for that. I was in alot of pain and almost passed out. If someone could give me tips of how to keep them moist so they don't have to pick them out, I would appreciate it. I have to go back 1/3 to get them flushed again.
As your doctor if you can use "Simply Saline" I used that every hour while awake for the healing process. It helped my healing process.

I am 8 weeks post op today. My doctor peeled the last scab out of somewhere up my nose on Monday & said I was officially released. Yeah! That up the nose experience & suction is what I found to be the most distressing.
Larry

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#60
Jan 5, 2008
 
Hey everyone:

I recently went through endoscopic sinus surgery and a turbinate reduction procedure at the request of my ENT to help my asthma on 01/02. I think the worse part of the procedure was waking up after the surgery to a feeling of nausea and throwing up alot of blood (most likely a side effect from the anesthesia). I currently feel as though I have a head cold, with my nose all stuffed up and I have to constantly breathe through my mouth. It seems it's getting better each day. I feel as though I need to blow my nose all the time; which my ENT said I shouldn't do for at least a week after the procedure.

As far as pain is concerned, I haven't even had to take any of the painkillers (hydrocodone) and feel just about as well to head back to work. I suppose I am one of the luckier fellows after reading some of the posts here. What I have found that seems to help is taking hot showers, and dipping kleenex tissue in warm water, rolling them up a bit and cleaning out the inside edges of my nose. I do this to break up some of the caked blood. So far it would seem this procedure seems promising but only time will tell for sure.
Anna

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#61
Jan 7, 2008
 
I have a question for all that can answer and help. I have been suffering from constant headaches,i've seen three different doctors and they all stated that i have sinus infections. I've had a brain scan and also a ct scan of my sinuses of course they were both normal. All three docs put me on many different antibiotics as soon as i finished them i just kept getting it back.They have also had me on decongestants,allergy meds,steroids and nasal spray, i still continued with severe headaches. Finally they sent me to an ear nose and throat doc.I explained my history of headaches and sinus infection, He again tried me on an antibiotic called ceftin.Of course it did not help. Now i have a scheduled surgery this friday Fess sinus surgery, I really need some advice on my situation.Please Help

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