Sinus Surgery Tips and Tricks
September 3, 2014 9:22 AM Subscribe
In seven weeks, I'm having sinus surgery that *fingers crossed* will finally allow me to breathe! It's going to be a septoplasty (to correct a deviated septum that includes a (free bonus!) bone spur) and a submucous inferior turbanite reduction. I'm very excited and have waited a long time for this. If you've had either of these corrections before, please tell me about your experience.
posted by rue72 to Health & Fitness (18 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
-- What should I expect in terms of the experience of the surgery itself, and in terms of recovery?
-- How should I prepare?
-- Do you have any tips for making recovery easier or faster?
-- Did have this kind of surgery affect your nasal allergies or chronic rhinitis, and if so, how? (Sinus rinses are very difficult for me to use, pre-surgery, because of the way my sinuses are structured, but I should be able to use them post surgery. Right now I try to control this through gargling salt water and OTC anti-histamines).
-- What does *breathing freely* feel like and when should I hope to be able to do it?!
Basically, my sinus anatomy is just incredibly messed up. Happily, though, the actual sinuses are pretty healthy, just built wrong, and correcting things like my ludicrously asymmetrical septum will *touch wood* finally allow me to breathe freely. Both the ENT who is doing my surgery and the ENT who I got my second opinion from (just in case!) think that I'm an excellent candidate for the surgery and that it will make a big difference in my breathing and therefore in my quality of life.
Also, I haven't had a sense of smell since before I can remember, and my ENT thinks that it may be because my sinuses are so convoluted/my nose so non-functional that the chemicals that compose smells aren't able to work their way through my sinuses to get to my olfactory nerve -- but that my olfactory nerve itself seems healthy. So maybe I'll be getting a sense of smell, too?! Has anyone ever gained a sense of smell as an adult after a lifetime of...uh, being a non-smeller?
My ENT is great and I trust her. She's also been very communicative with me about what's going on with my sinuses and what recovery from the surgery will be like -- but, of course, she's got a doctor's rather than a patient's point of view. Please let me know what undergoing sinus surgery is like, as the patient! And how to make the experience better, or at least as pain-free and fast as possible. EXTRANEOUS DETAIL WELCOME.
*I've read all the previous questions about sinus surgery that I could find, and they've by and large been very helpful, but they have tended to either be very general and touching on all aspects of all sinus surgeries, more than five years old, or very specific and focused, for example, on one post-op symptom that the Asker is experiencing, etc.
*Request: please don't mention Empty Nose Syndrome. It's frightening and horrible but I have gone over this risk and made the educated decision that surgery is still my best option.