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Old 09-13-2010, 01:03 PM   #1
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What to expect after sinus surgery?

My sister-in-law had sinus surgery on 9/2/10. She had some pain, felt like she was getting a head rush or too much air. Now doing better. She was wondering how long the pain will last. Also, her nose is itching like crazy.

 
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Re: What to expect after sinus surgery?

Hard to say since we don't know what procedure she had. If she simply had her sinuses drained, she should be fine now. If she had a broken nose repaired, she'll have pain for a while. Can you be more specific?

 
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Old 09-15-2010, 07:41 AM   #3
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Re: What to expect after sinus surgery?

I had sinus surgery (repair of deviated septum and polyp removal) on 8/23. I am not really having pain anymore unless I bump the end of nose on something. I guess the septum is still healing. I also have the horrible nose itching. I put bacitracin ointment on a cotton swab and rub it inside my nostrils which seems to help that. My biggest problem is that I continue to have congestion and inflammation. It seems like recovery from this surgery is a longer process than I expected and apparently your sister is in the same boat. Is she still having a lot of fatigue? I'm exhausted all the time.

 
Old 09-29-2010, 12:31 PM   #4
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Re: What to expect after sinus surgery?

Hi again, My sister-in-law had an occluded sinus cavity and constant sinus infections. She had the sinus space made larger and shaved the septum some. She now reports at 4 weeks post-op that her allergies are bad right now but they always were. She also says she is breathing better (can smell now too), sleeping better, and feels she has more energy.

 
Old 10-08-2010, 09:19 AM   #5
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Re: What to expect after sinus surgery?

I had sinus surgery in 2004 to correct a deviated septum, swollen turbinates, and to clear an infection.

The doctor kept me overnight in the hospital, and that night I had splints (not packing -if the doctor is using packing, he is behind the times) in my nose, so I couldn't breathe at all from there. Needless to say, you can't sleep and your throat gets sore -so bring a laptop and about 3 gallons of water, because you will be up all night.

However, I really didn't have any headaches or pain, and even when the splints were removed, the pain was mild.

You will likely be put on a big dose of Prednisone after surgery, so do NOT go out into the sun. Take a calcium supplement and a probiotic.

Now here is the drawbacks to this:

My allergies are 10 times worse following sinus surgery. Why? because now I am "wide open" and allergens get right into my sinuses. Doctors don't tell you about this before going in. It also didn't completely correct my problems: I might have to have surgery again this year.

I recommend balloon sinuplasty as a LAST resort -after everything else: immunotherapy, medications, irrigation with a machine, have been tried.

 
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Re: What to expect after sinus surgery?

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My sister-in-law had sinus surgery on 9/2/10. She had some pain, felt like she was getting a head rush or too much air. Now doing better. She was wondering how long the pain will last. Also, her nose is itching like crazy.
I had surgery the same day! I had a bit more done though - and it ended up being a 6 hour surgery. Septoplasty, resection of inferior turbinates, resection of middle turbinates for concha bullosa, and the openings to the maxillary sinuses were made larger - done by an ENT. I also had a functional open rhinoplasty for saddle nose deformity - impaired breathing and no stiff cartilage left. I have spreader grafts, lateral grafts and a columella strut graft. - This was done by a plastic surgeon.

Anyway.... I am still very congested on the inside. The pain is similar to what I had prior to surgery, facial pain around my eyes and cheeks. If things dry out too much, it can be painful. I use saline spray multiple times throughout the day and do a nasal sinus rinse once in the morning and before I go to bed.

Yes, it itches, and there is swelling. Although I have more itching right inside my nose where the plastic surgeon made his incisions.

It can take up to 3 months for the sinuses to return to normal functioning, provided you don't have underlying allergies.

I still feel pretty fatigued, but it gets better each day. The surgeons are quick to say that you will bounce back in 2 weeks or so... Then the next time you see them, they might say, "It will get worse before it gets better." Listen to your body. It will tell you if you are doing too much. Everything is tender on the inside of my nose , and the post-surgical debridements have been painful, even with the numbing agent. I have some scar bands on my right side at the opening of the maxillary sinus and my right middle turbinate has become floppy - lateralized.... grr.

However, because I was a complicated case, I couldn't expect everything to go PERFECT.

it helps to hear what everyone else is going through and know that you are normal, and even though you might look o.k. on the outside, things are still very much healing on the inside.

 
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