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Old 03-05-2009, 07:19 AM
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Default Surgery for sinus infections?

Anyone ever have it done? I'm getting a CT scan next week and meet again with the ENT to find out if they recommend it.
Old 03-05-2009, 08:23 AM
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I had an emploee who had it terrible pain and very little relief, I would shop this option around.
Old 03-05-2009, 09:22 AM
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Originally Posted by hhi angler View Post
I had an emploee who had it terrible pain and very little relief, I would shop this option around.

My wife had terrible pain and very little relief. I'd look around too.
Old 03-05-2009, 09:37 AM
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Just had it done Jan. 5. Was out of work for almost 2 weeks. I had my last check up yesterday. If i had a choice to go back in time and do it over again i wouldnt. They say it takes up to 6 months to heal completly. I would not get it done period.
Old 03-05-2009, 09:52 AM
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My wife had this surgery about 3 years ago to open her sinus passages to allow better drainage. It was a brutal painful recovery. She had pretty good results for a couple of years but she started having trouble about 6 months ago. She will not do the surgery again under any circumstances (at this point).

What happens is you get congested and an infection forms. You take an anitbiotic to fix the infection, but the congestion never drains and eventually gets infected again. It also causes frequent if not constant headaches.
Old 03-05-2009, 10:54 AM
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I started taking Allegra 24 hour daily whether I am experiencing allergy symptoms or not and I have stopped getting the terrible sinus infections every 3 months that I used to get. i haven't had a cold in at least a year and the last one didn't start as one of those freekin sinus infections. Dude, whatever avenue you choose good luck. I have been there and i started to believe I would just have to accept a near perpetual sinus infection and live with it.
Old 03-05-2009, 11:34 AM
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Guys
Thats not the news I wanted to here dammit. The real pisser is I stopped smoking about a year ago and since then my problem has gotten worse. Anyway I go next Thursday for a CT scan and I guess I'll take it from their.

Thanks
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I had it twice. First time was a new experimental 3D surgery. My issues were more involved than the ENT expected and within a year the polyps had regrown and caused terrible congestion. Dealt with it for a few more years and had it done by a different ENT and worked like a charm. Keep in mind along with the surgery were allergy shots for over a year after surgery and steroids. The steroids were the worst due to weight gain. I did not have extreme pain issues either time. Getting over the constant congestion far outweighed the pain.
Old 03-05-2009, 12:15 PM
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I don't mind some pain, hell I had my tonsils out when I was 35, that was 12 days of pure hell.
Old 03-05-2009, 12:23 PM
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Originally Posted by challenger215 View Post
If i had a choice to go back in time and do it over again i wouldnt. I would not get it done period.

This is pretty much word for word what my dad told me. He had his done several years ago, lots of pain and it made little differance. I'm pretty sure the surgeon was all for it though.
Old 03-05-2009, 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted by FASTFJR View Post
I don't mind some pain, hell I had my tonsils out when I was 35, that was 12 days of pure hell.

That ain't nothing. When I got circumsized I couldn't walk for over 9 months.
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I had a septoplasty to correct a deviated septum, and a turbinate reduction to help clear my nasal passages to allow better airflow and drainage.

Horse-hooey!!

I got about as much relief from that as I would have if I'd have stuck a power drill up my nose. The recovery was TERRIBLE. I had packs in my nose on both sides for three days, and I could only breathe through my mouth. If it weren't for the heavy doses of vicodin, I don't think I'd have slept at all. Also, since I could only breathe through my mouth, I got an ulcer on my uvula because it was irritated by the breathing tube from the anasthesia. The three days go by and thank God the packs are coming out. WRONG!!! WRONG!!! The doc pulled those things out and I swear he musta stuffed 9 inch Sluggo's in my nose! Those things were enormous!! Bloody snot and boogers came out immediately after, and then the raw air hit my sinus cavities. Felt like someone lit a butane torch in my nasal passages.

This was the single biggest waste of time and pain meds I have ever experienced. The ONLY difference I noticed is that when my nose is open and I can breathe through it (which the surgery was supposed to fix that...didn't.) the air flows just a little better. I still constantly have one side or the other clogged, and I get frequent migraines that are WORSE now than before the surgery.

In short, run the hell away.
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Originally Posted by basstardo View Post
I had a septoplasty to correct a deviated septum, and a turbinate reduction to help clear my nasal passages to allow better airflow and drainage.
Exactly what my wife had. It cleared up her sinuses and got rid of her headaches which she constantly had. It took 6 weeks to get over the surgery but she is like a different person. The enlarged turbinates were pressing against something causing the headaches. They were not sinus headaches.
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I had it done almost 9 yrs ago. Prior to that, I was a chronic respiratory infection sufferer. My upper sinus passages were restricted. Prior to the surgery, I once received 9 seperate anti-biotic prescriptions over the course of a September through April time period. However, I also went on allergy shots for years at roughly that same time frame.

Don't know whether it was the surgery or the allergy shots, but ever since both, I get at most, one respiratory infection per year. I suspect it might have been more the allergy shots because when I lived in Michigan for 3 yrs (back in the 80's), I never got sick.

The surgery and the recovery are indeed grueling. But given the long term benefit I have experienced (and again, I can't pinpoint whether it was the surgery or the shots, but I don't care), I'm glad I did it.
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had it done 15 years ago. PAINFUL recovery. Still have allergy problems, frequent headaches and I snore. I agree with everyone else who has had it. I wouldn't do it again or recommend it. Good luck with your decision.
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My wife has it done and all I can remember is the pain she was in, then when the Doc pulled the tubes out.......lets just say it was not pretty! After that the packing has to come out!
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The packing removal was pretty nasty. Looked like pulling a big nasty tampon out of her nose. I couldn't believe how much was in there. My wife almost passed out.

I mentioned this thread to her and she said the infections are much less often than before the surgery, but the headaches are not much better. She wouldn't even consider going through it again.
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I just recently had a cat scan with the dye for other problems and they found one nasal passage clogged up or something and I have a nasal spray that doesn't seam to be working, I hope they don't say we have to slice and dice... I ain't gonna let'em
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I had it done 16 years ago and after all the drugs, bruising, swelling etc. I said that I would never do it again. BUT...now I would recommend it. A little suffering ...OK...misery for a couple of months and I could breath through my nose for the first time in my life. No more quarterly infections and headaches.
Old 03-06-2009, 04:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Sprockets View Post
The packing removal was pretty nasty. Looked like pulling a big nasty tampon out of her nose. I couldn't believe how much was in there. My wife almost passed out.

I mentioned this thread to her and she said the infections are much less often than before the surgery, but the headaches are not much better. She wouldn't even consider going through it again.

Luckily I don't get headaches from the congestion or infections. I do however once a month or so get a migraine which I take Imitrex (injection) for.

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