Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Using LaserWarning: This article is not for the faint of heart.
After suffering with chronic sinus infections and a deviated septum for as long as I can remember, I elected to have Endoscopic Sinus Surgery. A CAT scan had indicated that I had also developed a cyst in my left Maxillary sinus that was causing my top teeth to go numb, and causing an indescribable pain on the left side of my head. The only temporary relief I had from the pain was spraying Nasonex into that sinus daily. The Nasonex would reduce the swelling and give the cyst just enough room not to press on my nerves. Without the Nasonex it was three Hydocodones that would bring the pain down to a level 7 from a level 10.
The day of the surgery they put me out and a couple hours later I was waking up getting ready to come home. I was groggy and sleepy. Shortly after being home, my sinus began to drain almost continuously with blood. It was very difficult to rest and sleep because my nose was completely blocked. I had to stay sitting up to reduce the swelling, but at the same time it would drain down my throat making me cough. For the next week I proceeded to spray with Affrin and Saline. The Affrin was to help control bleeding and the Saline would reduce swelling and keep everything moist. I have to say that I was very concerned with the bleeding because all of the literature I read said that the bleeding slows after a few days. Mine did not. On day three, I saw the doctor on a follow up visit. He removed the stints and stitches in my nose and suctioned it out. He said I was recovering normally and it will be another week or two before feeling better. I noticed that I seemed to heal better at night and then bled more during the day, probably from being active and spraying the sprays. I would work for a couple hours and rest and hour to keep the bleeding under control. Today marks day 10. I saw the doctor for another follow up and he said that the swelling has come way down and I'm right on schedule in the healing process. He suctioned more mucus out. I am beginning to get air through my nose at this point. The bleeding is slowing down and there is more mucus coming out instead of blood. I'm also starting to taste my food again. One great side effect from the surgery was that I lost about 7 pounds. Unable to taste food and having nausea made me eat less. At this point I am able to see the light at the end of the tunnel and it is not an oncoming train. Feel free to ask me any questions or leave comments.