Sinus Surgery

April 27, 2006

As Colin mentioned in his requests for Songs of the Week, I had minor sinus surgery this past Thursday. I thought it was going to be a walk in the park and not painful at all, but I have been a little bit displeasantly surprised.First off, when I got out of surgery I was in a lot of pain. The doctor said it would take between an hour to an hour and a half. From what my brother told me, I was in surgery for well over 2 hours. When I “woke up” it felt like it. I not only couldn’t throw up, even though I really wanted to, but I also could breathe through my nose so it made me want to puke worse.

Once the nauseau and brain fog subsided, the pain was very very bad, especially when trying to talk or drink. The gauze acted as a pressure factory that made blood bubble out of my nose with every sip. This was no problem because my little snot/blood packaging under my nose caught everything, but when it overflowed, that wasn’t quite fun. Getting the nurses attention to wipe me like a baby wasn’t fun either, especially since raising my voice at all caused a vomit/pain combination that I wasn’t quite ready for.

My bloody nose

They said I was on a multiple oxycodone and demoral concoction that would relieve the pain. They are liars. The gauze plug inside my nose swelled up and stretched out my already painful nostrils. This was the most painful aspect of the whole thing.

Removal of those was fun the next day. Just an fyi, when a Dr. says “All done” it really means it just started to hurt really bad so I’m going to lie to make you think it’s over. After those were removed though, the pain was pretty much gone. However, the headache wasn’t. That lasted for about 2 days and has since subsided.

I have had blood clot/snot removal on Monday, Wednesday, and now added to the party, Friday. They can only remove a little at a time before the flood gates open. And today was pretty much a wash when it came to getting anything out.

I have to start another course of steroids to get the inflammation down and finish up the antibiotics to prevent infection. After that it should be smooth sailing as long as I don’t do anything too physical for the next two weeks or so.

Sleeping is another aspect that isn’t pleasant about this surgery. You have to breathe through your mouth all night, and by the time 8 hours or so rolls around, the back of your mouth feels like you’ve been walking in the Sahara for the past month. Add to that the blood crust that is caked to the back of your throat/tongue gives you the taste of a fresh anus in the morning and you’ve got yourself a fun little wake-up call.

It’s been so long since I’ve been able to breathe, walk straight, or even think straight from the constant pressure in my skull that it will be a relief when the whole thing was over. Hopefully this will take care of the problem now and for good. Since it hasn’t gone away for over a year, I’m pessimistic but still hopeful. However, I got polyps removed from my sinuses, which I heard have a high potential of coming back again.Has anyone else had sinus surgery, and if so, how long did it take you to recover? Did the sinus problems come back after the surgery? Please share your story.

Update 2/28/08: I had to have a second sinus surgery. This time he used the balloon to increase the size of the upper sinuses (where I have all my problems). He said the first surgery probably never even really got up that high, and I had a big polyp up there blocking everything up.

This surgery is much better and I would recommend everyone to ask their doctor about this type of surgery instead. There is moderate to very little pain involved and the blood clots seemed to be much less.

Also, he didn’t use the packing (which causes much of the pain and definite discomfort). He used gel that dissolves and you don’t even realize it’s there. You feel congestion, but that should be a normal feeling.

I’m feeling much better after two weeks. Still have a minor headaches, but the doctor assures me he thinks this is going to go away. Also, I have a piece of scar tissue that keeps closing over, but he said eventually that should go away.

That’s all for now. It’s good to hear everyone else’s experiences, and hope you all are doing well.