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Fred Petersen

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#1 May 2, 2006
I would like to hear about others experience with sinus surgery, something I am considering having. Specifically, Endoscopic sinus surgery. I would like to hear about pre op treatment, post op recovery, etc. Also, not all sinus surgery targets the same symptoms and there are various degrees of success of course. thank you.
Fred Petersen

AOL

#2 May 2, 2006
this is my first experience with this forum. Hope its a good un.
John Gardner

Englewood, CO

#3 Jul 20, 2006
Fred Petersen wrote:
this is my first experience with this forum. Hope its a good un.
My experience was pretty horrible. The actual surgery went fine, but I had lots of complications afterwards. After the surgery they stuff packs up your nose for a day or two. Getting those out was the most horrific pain I have ever felt in my entire life. It feels like they are pulling a watermelon through your nostrils. Not fun. On the 5th day after surgery a scab came off and I started bleeding a LOT. I was rushed to the ER and they put a stint up there to stop the bleeding. It worked for about 12 hours and then the dam broke and lots of blood again. I ended up having to essentially have the surgery done again to cauterize the blood vessel to stop the bleeding. Then I had to have the packs reinserted and a nasal catheter put in as well. Lots of pain this time. Having the packs removed the 2nd time was even worse because I knew going in how painful it was going to be. I about blacked out from the pain both times.

I had the surgery back in November of 2002. I just learned today (July 20, 2006), that all of the polyps are back. He is going to prescribe treatment, but if that does not work then we will talk about possibly doing more surgery. I am very leery about doing the surgery again after all of the complications. The first couple of years after the surgery were absolutely fantastic. It was like a night and day difference, but I didn't fully heal for about 6 months after. I'm not sure if that was due to the complications or what. I would look at all of the options available before doing surgery. Just last year they invented balloon sinuplasty so I would look at that also. It's supposed to be much better, but it will not work in my case because of the polyp disease.

My doctor has prescribed a sinus nebulizer so I'm supposed to do that for a month and then go back. It just shoots super fine mists of medicine (including anti-fungal) up there and that is supposed to work wonders. We'll see!
CJB

Newington, CT

#4 Jul 26, 2006
John -- Who was your doctor? I am considering the same procedure in Hartford with Dr. Brook Seeley.
John Gardner wrote:
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My experience was pretty horrible. The actual surgery went fine, but I had lots of complications afterwards. After the surgery they stuff packs up your nose for a day or two. Getting those out was the most horrific pain I have ever felt in my entire life. It feels like they are pulling a watermelon through your nostrils. Not fun. On the 5th day after surgery a scab came off and I started bleeding a LOT. I was rushed to the ER and they put a stint up there to stop the bleeding. It worked for about 12 hours and then the dam broke and lots of blood again. I ended up having to essentially have the surgery done again to cauterize the blood vessel to stop the bleeding. Then I had to have the packs reinserted and a nasal catheter put in as well. Lots of pain this time. Having the packs removed the 2nd time was even worse because I knew going in how painful it was going to be. I about blacked out from the pain both times.
I had the surgery back in November of 2002. I just learned today (July 20, 2006), that all of the polyps are back. He is going to prescribe treatment, but if that does not work then we will talk about possibly doing more surgery. I am very leery about doing the surgery again after all of the complications. The first couple of years after the surgery were absolutely fantastic. It was like a night and day difference, but I didn't fully heal for about 6 months after. I'm not sure if that was due to the complications or what. I would look at all of the options available before doing surgery. Just last year they invented balloon sinuplasty so I would look at that also. It's supposed to be much better, but it will not work in my case because of the polyp disease.
My doctor has prescribed a sinus nebulizer so I'm supposed to do that for a month and then go back. It just shoots super fine mists of medicine (including anti-fungal) up there and that is supposed to work wonders. We'll see!
John Gardner

Englewood, CO

#5 Jul 31, 2006
Actually, I have no idea why the city/state showed up as Hartford. I currently live in MN, but I got the surgery done while I was in Missouri so I'm not going to be able to help you.
CJB wrote:
John -- Who was your doctor? I am considering the same procedure in Hartford with Dr. Brook Seeley.
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Estel Descart

Mauritius

#6 Aug 1, 2006
i was considering having surgery for a long time but i got many negative feedbacks that just discouraged me from doing it.
Mandeep

Delhi, India

#7 Aug 24, 2006
Dear Sir,

My Name is mandeep Singh & I am 30 Years old.

My residential place is Ghaziabad, India.

I am suffering chronic sinus for the last 10 years. My main problem is sneezing.

ENT Specialist says that your nose bone has bend to left hand side that's why you sneeze.

I want to confirm this thing that after surgery my sneezing problem shall remove permanantly or not.

I also want to know where is the best ENT Sugery hospital in India.

Waiting for your reply.

Rgds,

Mandeep
Kate

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Aug 27, 2006
I had FESS and turbinate reduction 2 weeks ago. First post-op went well. He said I didn't need to come back unless needed. He said I could blow my nose- I've had a lot of blood-- looks like clots and I feel more congested--- no crusting though. Would you go back or just give it time?
Kate

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Aug 27, 2006
Oh- I had one post-op 1 wk after.
Matthew Borg MALTA

Naxxar, Malta

#10 Sep 6, 2006
I did the surgery 2 weeks ago. After the surgery, 2 hours later my tempreture went high and was given some medicine. My body couldn't resist for them. I vomited at least 6 times. During the night I could sleep and couldn't breath, cause i had packing on both sides. In the morning they told me that they were going to remove the packing. It was so the worse thing that could have happen. It hurts... too much. After that i couldn't stop bleeding for the rest of the day. Then day after day i was getting better. I had to breath through my mouth for a week. Two week have passed and Im feeling good. I returned back to work too.
deanna

Blackwood, NJ

#11 Sep 18, 2006
I have my surgery 4 years ago. I was told that it would be a fix all solution. Six months later, it reversed adn my sinus infections were wore then ever. I was told to have the surgery again but refuse because of the pain afterwards. The cotton packing was not as bad as the suctioning that was done with a metal rod. That was very painful.
Brandi

AOL

#12 Sep 30, 2006
I just had the endo sinus surgery and at the same time they fixed my deviated septum. BY FAR, THE PAST WEEK HAS BEEN THE WORST WEEK OF MY LIFE!! I can't even begin to describe the bruising, swelling and pain. I had the "sponges" left in until this friday (a week) and it was miserable!! Constant drainage and you cannot breathe!!! I have to say if I had it to do over again,I would not!! The doctor told me that one in a hundred bruise and that pain was little, etc..........well that was not the case!
kamy

United States

#13 Oct 6, 2006
To all, I had sinus sugery and chronic sinusitis for a long time. I tried Sinus Dynamic with Sinus Aero for 21 days, I have not had any problem since than. It has treated me and I can acutly smell now after 4 years and no more sinusitis.
Robert Buckner

Powell, TN

#14 Oct 9, 2006
I am having surgery friday this week, did you have the computer halo on your head while they did the surgery.
judy

AOL

#15 Oct 13, 2006
kamy wrote:
To all, I had sinus sugery and chronic sinusitis for a long time. I tried Sinus Dynamic with Sinus Aero for 21 days, I have not had any problem since than. It has treated me and I can acutly smell now after 4 years and no more sinusitis.
cau you tell me what sinsus dynamic with sinsus aero is? what type of treatment.i am looking for any treatment except surgery
Denise

Washington Court House, OH

#16 Oct 14, 2006
I had a septoplasty done in 2000, turbinectomy done 4 months after that becuase I was so miserable. I have been sick ever since with arthritis that I did not have before. Sinus infections are worse than ever. Whenever I hear that someone is thinking of having this kind of surgery I tell them NO dont do it ! Also I havent worked since all this arthritis has started, anyone ever hear of arthritis happening after sinus surgery ? Doctors cant even figure out what kind of arthritis this is.
Sinus Surgery

Westland, MI

#17 Oct 16, 2006
I did the endoscopic sinus surgery to remove one giant polyp last Wednesday October 11, 2006. My nose hurts a little, and I have been very tired since but the big things is the headaches I have been experiencing. I keep having to take Tylenol to deal with it. And I have been extremely tired. I am seeing the doctor tommorow. And the first few days I kept sneezing blood which was pretty gross. But it is not that bad.
Recovering well

Warrenville, IL

#18 Oct 17, 2006
I am five days post-op for ESS, and I feel MUCH better now. In recovery I had such severe pain I was given several shots of fentanyl which did nothing, then three shots of morphine which eventually did the trick.

I was knocked out completely, which I fully recommend. I was also discharged the same day which I would NOT, repeat NOT recommend. ONLY HAVE THIS SURGERY IF THEY WILL KEEP YOU OVERNIGHT AND SEDATED WITH MORPHINE AND OTHER DRUGS.

I had the packing removed the following morning which was not as bad as other posters have hinted at. It was like pulling out a giant booger, but it was not painful. I was looking so forward to having the packing removed; when the nurse told me she was going to remove the packing, I said with a huge smile "Oh, that makes me so happy!", which made her laugh. Probably not as painful because there was not time for crusts and scabs to form.

The worst part of it all was the claustrophobic feelings of not being able to breathe through your nose (completely sealed shut). Just like someone pinching your nostrils shut for almost 24 hours. If you have the slightest tendency for claustrophobia, DO NOT HAVE THIS SURGERY DONE unless they will knock you out until after those lovely nasal tampons are removed.

I have told everyone that the night after my surgery was close to the worst night of my life (it's right up there with the pain and discomfort I had after surgery to repair a broken pelvis, back and crushed elbow).

With that damn packing in (pun not intended), drinking and eating were very scary. Drinking and eating had to be alternated with breathing. Trying to chew, you need to keep your mouth open wide, or fear you'll inhale your food and choke.

These feelings are much better after the packing is removed, but there is severe congestion after the packing is taken out. After packing removal, My Dr. sprayed decongestant (basically afrin) in my nose to stop bleeding and reduce swelling, then vacuumed it out a little bit. I was told to spray saline mist up there every hour to help. Well, I was so congested there was basically nowhere for anything to go. So, call the Dr, turns out Afrin is OK for one day. Then I started Sudafed after that, which has been helping.

The best thing has been (and I hate to mention the name, for fear people will think I am connected with the product) but it is called Sinus Rinse, by NeilMed. It is basically a converted EyeWash bottle, for any scientists out there. You pour in warm distilled (or boiled) water and add their salt packet, then rinse away! It hasn't been a miracle cure, but it has worked wonders, and has helped clear out lots of nasties.

If you think you can get past the first horrific night, go ahead and do it. When I told the Dr I had slept only about two hours, she said "oh, that's pretty good!"

Moral of the story: Have it done with general anesthesia. And, only do this if you can stay overnight at a hospital where they promise to use whatever drugs necessary to keep you pain-free AND SEDATED. Then INSIST that they REMOVE THE PACKING before you go home. The claustrophobia is bad. It really is terrible.
Tami

La Quinta, CA

#19 Oct 21, 2006
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?
Linda

United States

#20 Oct 23, 2006
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?

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