Sinus Surgery
Karen - Berkshire

Swansea, UK

#102 Jan 16, 2009
I have a deviated septum and am due to have surgery in a few weeks. After reading some of these posts I am thinking of cancelling it because I am really worried about having it done now. It sounds really painfull!!!
Can anyone give me any advice and reasurance???
Look forward to your comments...
Rob

Phoenix, AZ

#103 Jan 20, 2009
I had surgery last Friday, Jan 16, and the last couple days have been awful. I can't sleep more than 2 hours at a time during the night and have trouble falling back to sleep. This morning I was trying to lightly blow some crap out and a 1x2" piece of clear silicone backing for the packing gel came out! I'm pretty sure that was not suppose to be in there. Is there anyone on here I can talk to about it and what I should do, if anything. Thanks, Rob
Rob

Phoenix, AZ

#104 Jan 22, 2009
Update:
I called my Doctor and he said "If I put it in there then it is supposed to be in there." I get everything else, packing, stents, out tomorrow. Wish me luck.
Townsend

Dover, NH

#105 May 4, 2009
I had my sinus (turbinate reduction) surgery ~six months ago. The post op was miserable, but boy has it been worth it. I can sleep through the night. I am much less tired and I am not waking up my wife with my snoring. Hang in there Rob.
rob 2

Bateau Bay, Australia

#106 May 15, 2009
I had 2 sinus surgeries followed by every type of medication, spray and rinse.No improvement!
After several years of chronic sinus pain I realised I was still breathing thru my mouth.The doctors never checked my breathing pattern or told me to only breathe through my nose once the effects of the surgery had passed. My sinuses just stagnated again thru lack of air and the pain and discharge continued. The main problem came from mouth breathing during sleep. Not only did I snore but my nose was totally blocked every morning.Then I found a way to stop mouth breathing at night and my sinuses cleared up in a few days.No snoring either.I wish I had been told years ago how important it is not to breath thru the mouth.Better late than never I guess.
Stephanie

Brentwood, TN

#107 Jun 12, 2009
I'm on day 3 after surgery. Days 1 and 2 were pretty rough, and this was my 5th surgery I've had, so I'm no whimp with pain. I had my septoplasty, along with an adenoidectomy, they scraped my turbinates and removed a growth they found on my uvula. I couldn't get out of bed the first two days. I immediately coughed up blood upon return from the procedure. I had a fever for the first two days, which they said was normal. They worst/weirdest pain is my teeth are aching. The nurse explained to me that the nose and your top teeth share some major nerve, so trauma to one will cause pain on the other. (I was also drugged up when told this so sorry if that is incorrect) at all. The pain in my nose and throat has lessened a bit, and I'm just looking forward to getting the stints out. I had the procedure as a refief for chronic fatigue. I could not breathe through my nose, so I can't imagine my fatigue could get any worse. I'll keep you posted. Good luck to you all.
carol

Muskego, WI

#108 Aug 19, 2009
I recently had FESS too on Aug 13.Was painful but not half as bad as I thought. Right side feels great aleady. left side has lots of stitches in bridge of nose where deviated septum was fixed and right nostril is still a very little stuffy. I'm feeling some pressure behind my left eye when it moves and still feel a little loopy or thrown off because of the left side of my sinuses. I also have a little pain that goes into my left ear. Guess the eustachian tube and sinuses are connected? My doc said this is normal because he did so much to my left side sinuses and there is still some gel packing in there that is causing this feeling. get a little worried though because of all the risks I read that can happen to your eyes & etc. Anyone else feel pressure in their eye or ear. Other than that I can smell and taste great now. Had a little throbbing in front teeth for a day but that went away. When I bite down on left side of teeth I feel that pressure above my lip and into nose and eye so there must be something there. Sounds like a common thing from all I've read so far. Let me know how it goes.
Steve Z

Draper, UT

#109 Aug 29, 2009
Lori wrote:
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
I've had extreme pain and fatigue after having my sinus surgery. No one told me it would be that bad, I was thinking maybe a few days off work, but man was I wrong. I'll easily be taking a couple weeks off now. I wish someone would have told me how bad the recovery is, it's like someone hit me with a hammer all over my nose and sinuses and then stuck a drill up there over and over again. If it works then it'll definitely have been worth it though, I was getting awful headaches from it.
Jo Jo

United States

#110 Sep 11, 2009
I had septoplasty a week ago and am glad I didn't find this topic til after, I may not have done it. I have a great doctor and had multiple visits prior to the surgery. The packing came out after 1 day, no splints, but continual drainage and congestion. I told someone I felt like I had a gold on steroids. The oain eased up after a few days, but I still have some tooth numbness. The fatigue has sucked and feel fortunate I pre-planned taking a week off (doc said I could go back after 4 days but no way). My main issue is the crusting in both sides of my nose, which seems to be impossible to remove. I am using an antibiotic ointment and saline to loosen it, but that just causes more drainage. I am hoping that things start to settle down and that it was worth it because the constant infections and headaches prior were becoming unbearable.
shelly

Gravenhurst, Canada

#111 Sep 13, 2009
I have nasal polyps. I'm interested in knowing the "time-line" between the diagnoses and the surgery date. I've been suffering for years with polyps, but was diagnosed in Nov. 2008 and still waiting for a surgery date. Is this a normal time line? Anyone?
diane

Fort Saint John, Canada

#112 Sep 27, 2009
shelly that seems to be an awful long wait, i live up north where i had to go south for my operation, and that was after i had been to several doctors, the last one decided to find out why i could not breathe. my wait was because of bad doctors, but once i got to see the ent it was full speed ahead... i had nasal polyps removed and a deviated septum fixed....if you live in a small town you might have to travel to have the op done.. good luck
Kris

New Rochelle, NY

#113 Sep 27, 2009
I had sinus surgery, nasal polyps removed deviated septum on September 16, i also had crusty yucky things coming out of my nose and have been very tired, but what i didnt hear anyone say is low grade fever. I have had off and on fever since day three. I just finished my antiobiotic yesterday and still have 100 fever. The doctor said this is to be expected. Anyone else have fever...
shelly

Gravenhurst, Canada

#114 Sep 28, 2009
diane wrote:
shelly that seems to be an awful long wait, i live up north where i had to go south for my operation, and that was after i had been to several doctors, the last one decided to find out why i could not breathe. my wait was because of bad doctors, but once i got to see the ent it was full speed ahead... i had nasal polyps removed and a deviated septum fixed....if you live in a small town you might have to travel to have the op done.. good luck
Thanks for your response Diane.
I too live north and have travelled south to see 3 ENT doctors. The "best" one is in a big hospital in Toronto. Because he is the "best", the wait is 8-10 months. Very frustrated there is only 1 "best" doctor to do this operation. But I guess I'm to be learning patience.
Shelly
shelly

Gravenhurst, Canada

#115 Sep 28, 2009
Kris wrote:
I had sinus surgery, nasal polyps removed deviated septum on September 16, i also had crusty yucky things coming out of my nose and have been very tired, but what i didnt hear anyone say is low grade fever. I have had off and on fever since day three. I just finished my antiobiotic yesterday and still have 100 fever. The doctor said this is to be expected. Anyone else have fever...
Have you had a post-op appointment yet? I'd be wondering about infection. Go to the doctor just to be sure.
Shelly
shelly

Gravenhurst, Canada

#116 Sep 28, 2009
rob 2 wrote:
I had 2 sinus surgeries followed by every type of medication, spray and rinse.No improvement!
After several years of chronic sinus pain I realised I was still breathing thru my mouth.The doctors never checked my breathing pattern or told me to only breathe through my nose once the effects of the surgery had passed. My sinuses just stagnated again thru lack of air and the pain and discharge continued. The main problem came from mouth breathing during sleep. Not only did I snore but my nose was totally blocked every morning.Then I found a way to stop mouth breathing at night and my sinuses cleared up in a few days.No snoring either.I wish I had been told years ago how important it is not to breath thru the mouth.Better late than never I guess.
How did you train yourself to breathe through your nose? Just practice?
kris

AOL

#117 Sep 28, 2009
shelly wrote:
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Have you had a post-op appointment yet? I'd be wondering about infection. Go to the doctor just to be sure.
Shelly
Went to doctor last wednesday he said normal, had fever friday, called him, he said normal, finished antiobiotic on saturday, anyone else have fever
maria

Rochester, NY

#118 Oct 3, 2009
I had a septoplasty and sinus surgery ( turbinate reduction,cyst removal and polyps removed) 10 days ago. It was a VERY hard first week.Not that its tons better right now. Exhaustion,crusting drainage,low grade fever, swollen glands, can" touch my nose yet.I realy want to pick those pesky scabs but I dont want to cry....
I read on here that someond soaked them...I think I'll try that. Can't wait till this is all over!
don

United States

#119 Oct 17, 2009
I had sinus surgery on Monday with stints that were suppose to come out in seven days. by the third day or thursday the pressure seemed intense and I started bleeding again.Did not like at all breathing through my mouth for that extended period as it dried it out. Was also constipated from the codene. So I went to the doctors office and said i wanted the stints out as could not take it any longer. He said if I did I could have scar tissue forming requiring another operation. I said right now I want it out. So does anyone know what my odds are of the scar tissue closing the passageway, as I have heard some people dont require stints and others had them removed in three days.
kris

AOL

#120 Oct 17, 2009
maria wrote:
I had a septoplasty and sinus surgery ( turbinate reduction,cyst removal and polyps removed) 10 days ago. It was a VERY hard first week.Not that its tons better right now. Exhaustion,crusting drainage,low grade fever, swollen glands, can" touch my nose yet.I realy want to pick those pesky scabs but I dont want to cry....
I read on here that someond soaked them...I think I'll try that. Can't wait till this is all over!
My Surgery was September 16, still feeling yucky and getting a lot of junk out of one nostril, the other nostril is now clear. The last month was horrible, still get headaches and eye pain and blurriness, doctor said this is normal being that my right side was completely clogged with polyps and infection. It can only get better. I pick everything out and it feels so much better.
Terrieann

Caringbah, Australia

#121 Nov 26, 2009
I had Fess surger 3 weeks ago and never felt so alive after a decade of feeling really unwell, untill I woke this morning with a dreaded sinus infection. Ent said it's just a set back and to take more antibiotics it's really depressing. At least I had almost three weeks of feeling wonderful. Is this normal has anyone else experienced this?

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