C arbaugh

Clarksville, TN

#1469 Sep 22, 2010
Mine went very smoothly. I had turbinates trimmed a deviated septum corrected and polyps snipped. It has been real helpful for me and I was at last resort to do it. There was a little nausea after the surgery due to anesthesia.Post opp was a little uncomfortable for about a week. I am glad I did it; it saved my life.
Fred Petersen wrote:
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.
Virginia

Huntsville, AL

#1470 Sep 23, 2010
I just wanted to update anyone who might be wondering what it's like to be 8 months after surgery. My surgery appeared to be uneventful, and I was back to work after a week, BUT I totally lost my sense of smell (and therefore most of taste) and it has never returned. I have been to several specialists and there is very little hope for me. Living in a world without smell is like being in a glass bubble, totally deprived of a sense that you did not fully appreciate. So, I would caution ANYONE considering this surgery to THINK TWICE, to get SECOND OPINIONS, to ask SPECIFICALLY if Dr. X has had any patients lose smell permanently. While the ENTs I have seen are reluctant to say, "Oh for sure it was the surgery"...well...when you can smell the morning of your surgery, then you never smell again, it's pretty clear, eh? I think my doc was just WAY too aggressive in cleaning stuff out. Also, I've had one cold since the surgery and it was horrible...weeks of blowing what felt like buckets of mucus from my nose followed by an infection that took 4 rounds of antibiotics to clear up. I am dreading the next cold. Anyway, for me, I will regret every day of my life that I had this surgery. I wish I'd stuck it out with nasal sprays and prednisone and tried allergy shots, etc. My ENT seemed eager to operate and felt that all my problems would go away. Truly, they were just getting started.
Mohan

India

#1471 Oct 2, 2010
Mandy wrote:
Im sorry you had all the trouble Mark.. I am almost 90 days past my second surgery and, not to be graphic, I still blow clumps of stuff out from time to time.. I am still having some problems though.. I have the pain and pressure behind my right eye. They are saying now that because of the bone damage from the extended blockage, I may just have chronic sinus infections that wont go away. So I have to go to a neurologist in a few weeks to rule out anything else that might be causing the pressure/headaches. Then its off to a sinus specialist to see what he has to say.. Its tough and I sincerely feel bad for anyone that has sinus problems. I think its ironic when my friends/family get the occasional random sinus infection and think its the worst feeling. I just want to tell them try living with that all the time!!
Hi Mandy,
I do have the same issue. Its almost 6 weeks now after undergoing Septoplasty, Turbinoplasty & Sinus Surgery! Pressure behind right eye is too much that I feel my eye ball may fall out. After 3 weeks I had severe headache..or I couldn't guess if it was pressure behind eyes which I mistook to be headache. ENT Specialist mentioned that my tear gland got infected and advised antibiotics. But no improvement. I'm yet to call him again. As you said..even now I blow clumps of stuffs :(. Itching in the eye brow also too much! One good thing about this operation is that my nose got cleared..but what happened to my eyes is a million dollor question for me. If you find something kindly post it here. I'm so worried about my eye now.
Mandy

Spring, TX

#1472 Oct 2, 2010
Mohan wrote:
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Hi Mandy,
I do have the same issue. Its almost 6 weeks now after undergoing Septoplasty, Turbinoplasty & Sinus Surgery! Pressure behind right eye is too much that I feel my eye ball may fall out. After 3 weeks I had severe headache..or I couldn't guess if it was pressure behind eyes which I mistook to be headache. ENT Specialist mentioned that my tear gland got infected and advised antibiotics. But no improvement. I'm yet to call him again. As you said..even now I blow clumps of stuffs :(. Itching in the eye brow also too much! One good thing about this operation is that my nose got cleared..but what happened to my eyes is a million dollor question for me. If you find something kindly post it here. I'm so worried about my eye now.
Uhh! The itching in my eyebrow and on the right side of my forehead is horrible! I went today to have my eyebrows waxed and I seriously wanted to hit the lady because it hurt so bad! And Im 3 months after my last surgery!!!!!!

Hope you get better soon!
Ashley

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

#1473 Oct 4, 2010
Just had endoscopic surgery today for maxillary and chronic sinusitus which was caused from a infected root canal/the tooth had cracked under teh root canal and I was having migranes like crazy. Went to pain management doctors had MRI scans of my brain everything turned out ok and was refered to a Oral Surgeon. The oral surgeon told me I had a abcess on my upper tooth and the infection had spread to my sinsues. So first step was to pull the tooth, then I went on many different anti-biotics and steroids, all failed. Had the surgery this morning, I'm not going to lie it was very painful, I woke up from the general anesthesia with a headache like I haven't had in a long time. I was given a couple of "cocktails" as they call it in the hospital and was in the recovery room for a lot longer than normal because I was in so much pain from the headache. Well so I've had a headache all day, the pain medicine helps but am worried I'm worried I'm going to feel these headaches forever. Anyone been through this surgery and felt this pain? Will my headaches get better? Also my eyes are really swollen, I look like I got some really bad plastic surgery, they will go down right? And also I am smoker I only had 4 today but am worried I could get a infection, has anyone continued to smoke there nicotine after the surgery and been ok? Would appreciate anyones help. I'm hanging in there :)
Ashley

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

#1474 Oct 4, 2010
Have your headaches gotten any better over time? What was the Dr.'s conoclusion? Did he send you to a Pain Managementr Doctor? I hoped everything worked out for you. I just had endoscopic surgery today and have had major sinus headaches for awhile, I chose to have the surgery because I had chronic and maxillary sinusitus that didn't respond to steroids or anti-biotics. When I woke up from anesthesia today I had the worst headache and was in the recovery room forever because they had to keep giving me more meds because the headache wouldn't go away. Still feeling the ache now, wondering if you can tell me what ended up happening with you.
Mandy

Spring, TX

#1475 Oct 4, 2010
I am so sorry youre going through all that pain! Feel better soon.. I wish I could give you some advice but my surgery wasnt like yours.. Hang in there and hopefully it will get better! It amazes me that sinus problems are so common but its hard to find any information about it on the internet!
Mandy

Spring, TX

#1476 Oct 4, 2010
I am still having headaches. Not as bad as before but sometimes they get pretty painful.. Thankfully I have an arsenal of pain meds so when I get a bad one, I take something and sleep.. I actually am feeling alot of pressure in my eye tonight. I think its because the pressure and weather is changing.. Im going to a neurologist on the 14th to get checked out,(which Im pretty sure its all going to come out fine) then I go back to my ENT on Oct 28th. Ill keep you posted. Im pretty sure that Im going to be referred to a sinus specialist.. I think I have a mild sinus infection now because the pressure in teh corner of my eye is just like before. But I dont know!
Mandy

Spring, TX

#1477 Oct 4, 2010
Julian wrote:
Had surgery on my 7/19 (septoplasty, turbinates, maxillary (both) and ethmoids and still feel miserable. It feels like my sinuses are closing up and I'm getting facial pressure (which I had before the surgery). How long does it take to heal from this usually? I have my first pre-op appointment in 3 days, but I'm apprehensive as I think I'm getting worse day by day than better. Thanks.
What doctor do you go to?
kirsty

Stoke-on-trent, UK

#1478 Oct 16, 2010
i had sinus surgery nearly 3 weeks ago and i still feel like ive got a lot of pressure in the bridge of my nose,i can breathe better now but im just scared that after going through all that,that its not going to make no difference.i just want to feel normal again after having constant sinus infections for the past 12 months just want to get through the week without feeling really ill its not good when ive got a 17month old baby running around!will it get better please help
Mandy

Spring, TX

#1479 Oct 16, 2010
Ive started having some bad conjestion and think I may be getting another infection.. Very frustrating.. I went to a neurologist for my headaches last week. Good news is that he thinks its migraines and not sinus related. Ive been put on Topamax, a preventative migraine medicine. So we'll see! Hope everyone feels better!
Andrew

Jefferson, GA

#1480 Oct 19, 2010
I had sinus surgery one week ago for cysts/polyp removal, opening of Ethmoid sinuses glands, and a deviated septum.(No packing was used for me, just absorbable gel along with a couple dissolvable stictches). My symptoms pre-surgery were constant pressure in both sides, constant tired feeling, and difficulty breathing through nose. After about a 5 day recover until feeling up to par, A week later I feel the exact same before surgery. Went for my post-op visit yesterday and he looked in my nose to see if it was healing correctly, which it was but still had a lot of dried blood and looked like a battle zone in there. I've been flushing my nose out with the neti pot at least once a day, usually twice for 2 days now. How long does it usually take to see results from the surgery? Thanks for reading and any reply's would be appreciated!
Layla

Guam

#1481 Oct 21, 2010
I am 1 day post-op ESS. I felt horrible when I woke up from the surgery. The pressure and headaches mostly from the surgery and packings were horrific. I was given morphine and other pain meds. I went home to recover but it was the worst night of my life. The packings were terrible and I was lucky enough to have them removed the following morning. I had lot's of blood loss during surgery due to the severity of my polyps. I was 100& blocked bilaterally. They almost stopped the surgery...I am suffering from anemia and weakness due to the blood loss. However, I am starting to feel better and looking forward to a positive outcome. Before this I couldn't at all or smell. My senses are coming back quickly. I hope the polyps don't return..I know my quality of life will be better now...the recovery is the difficult part. I've lived with this problems for almost 10 years...
Mohan

United States

#1482 Oct 25, 2010
I underwent similar operation on 24-Aug. It will take minimum two weeks to see any difference as your nose will be blocked with blood and other stuffs till then. Don't be scared to blow your nose to get rid of them. I went twice after operation and doctor cleaned my nose again with same lengthy cotton threads. Its almost two months now, but even now I get some stuffs out of my nose in the morning, which is very scary. But the more things get out, better its going to be. I'm able to breathe properly now, though not fully recovered from operation. Even if we cut our hand with a small blade, it takes one or two weeks to heal :). This operation is done in a sensitive part which is always watery and so you can imagine how long it would take to heal. Be prepared to go through this experience for a month from now. Let me know if you need more details.
Andrew wrote:
I had sinus surgery one week ago for cysts/polyp removal, opening of Ethmoid sinuses glands, and a deviated septum.(No packing was used for me, just absorbable gel along with a couple dissolvable stictches). My symptoms pre-surgery were constant pressure in both sides, constant tired feeling, and difficulty breathing through nose. After about a 5 day recover until feeling up to par, A week later I feel the exact same before surgery. Went for my post-op visit yesterday and he looked in my nose to see if it was healing correctly, which it was but still had a lot of dried blood and looked like a battle zone in there. I've been flushing my nose out with the neti pot at least once a day, usually twice for 2 days now. How long does it usually take to see results from the surgery? Thanks for reading and any reply's would be appreciated!
Marie

Shingleton, MI

#1483 Oct 26, 2010
I posted some time ago..had sinus surgery/repair in 2007, it took some time to heal but after several months it finally got better. Haven't had any real problems until a few months ago.. had a lot of sinus pain/pressure/ear infections and even a cyst on my gum which my doctor treated with antibiotics. A couple of weeks ago it got very bad and had a CT scan. I need two root canals on that side!! I feel soooo much better.. it wasn't the sinus or allergies at all, but roots that had died after having crowns put on the teeth.

So if anyone is having continuing problems, a visit to your dentist might be in order!!
John

Nanuet, NY

#1484 Oct 27, 2010
I had sinus surgery, went through turbinate reduction, and corrected deviated septum altogther in January 2010. I am feeling a lot better in terms of breathing and allergy symptoms but am still feeling numb on my front teeth (more severe so on the left side). My nose is still quite sensitive and hurts a bit. I still feel tiredness (not has severe as before the surgery though) and this is affecting my speech. Have anyone experience this and should I be really concerned? It's been more than 9 months and I am extremely concerned. I am seeking advice and help from anyone, please help me on what I can do. This is affecting my life and I am really depressed...
Michelle

Redondo, WA

#1485 Oct 29, 2010
Sinus rinse works this video was very informative
Mandy

Spring, TX

#1486 Oct 29, 2010
So after another visit with my ENT on Thurs. I have another infection. On another round of antibiotics. Feeling pretty crummy. Its a bad one. I go back in 3 weeks for another visit. Very discouraged as its 6 months past the first surgery and only 4 since the second one. He keeps telling me to hang in there but its getting harder and harder. Im rinsing and doing everything but it doesnt seem to get any better. I typically got one bad infection in the spring and in the fall before the surgery that required 2 to 3 rounds of antibiotics to clear up. Then I would get 5 to 6 smaller infections throughout the year that only required one round to clear up. Im hoping that the surgeries are going to clear up the number of the minor ones. I know that surgeries are not a cure all for infections so my fingers are crossed!!!!
C arbaugh

Clarksville, TN

#1487 Oct 30, 2010
Try to stay positive. I displayed all these symptoms to some degree after my sinus surgery. Everyone heals different. My numbness went away quicker than yours but I also had broken wrist surgery than made my hand numb for over a year. I am a musician and the numbness was on my fretting hand. Feeling eventually came back and now I am able to play the fastest bluegrass tunes on a banjo with that hand. Sometime the body takes more time to heal.
John wrote:
I had sinus surgery, went through turbinate reduction, and corrected deviated septum altogther in January 2010. I am feeling a lot better in terms of breathing and allergy symptoms but am still feeling numb on my front teeth (more severe so on the left side). My nose is still quite sensitive and hurts a bit. I still feel tiredness (not has severe as before the surgery though) and this is affecting my speech. Have anyone experience this and should I be really concerned? It's been more than 9 months and I am extremely concerned. I am seeking advice and help from anyone, please help me on what I can do. This is affecting my life and I am really depressed...
John

Nanuet, NY

#1488 Nov 3, 2010
C arbaugh wrote:
Try to stay positive. I displayed all these symptoms to some degree after my sinus surgery. Everyone heals different. My numbness went away quicker than yours but I also had broken wrist surgery than made my hand numb for over a year. I am a musician and the numbness was on my fretting hand. Feeling eventually came back and now I am able to play the fastest bluegrass tunes on a banjo with that hand. Sometime the body takes more time to heal.<quoted text>
C arbaugh, thank you for your comment. It's good to know that your wrist is fine now. Will stay positive and patient.

In the meantime, if other people have any comments, that would be very much appreciated as well.

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