Any bees who've had a septoplasty/turbinectomy/endoscopic sinus surgery??

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@RockyTop15:  I’ve had a septoplasty, and at the same time they used some of the cartiledge to strengthen the nostril walls so they didn’t collapse when i breathed in through my nose any more. The op was to correct a deviated septum after breaking my nose and to correct the genetic problems with my nose that combined meant i couldn’t breathe through it.

It was definitely worth it and I had a great improvement.  Wasn’t the most comfortable having splints and a cast on it for a week, but wasn’t painful either.  I only took prescribed painkillers for one day, then just paracetemol. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@RockyTop15:  two weeks off work, after splints out (after a week) I was more comfortable, but was told to stay home for a second week because catching a cold would have been really painful. I did work from home that second week when i got bored! Took another month or so not to be really paranoid about people bashing into me! 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’ve had an endoscope put up my nose to do surgery on my vocal cords. I was awake for it and let me tell you that is a very weird feeling having something touching you in there. It feels very invasive and uncomfortable, though not quite painful. The numbing spray they gave me tasted awful and didn’t really work. Hopefully you won’t be awake for yours.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@RockyTop15:  I had a septoplasty and two other things done that I can’t remember, but prior to the surgery I had such a hard time breathing through my nose and I would wheeze a lot. Sometimes in my sleep I would stop breathing and wake up. The surgery helped a lot but I still get sinus-y during allergy season and when I have too much dairy.

I know some people who didn’t feel a difference from their septoplasties though. But I’m glad I got mine done, even if I spent my birthday weekend sleeping upright in an armchair and H had to help me go to the bathroom because I was so out of it from medication.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I had those surgeries 11 years ago now when I was 15 and I had major improvement. I had issues with my sinuses since I was 9, but they got more severe once I turned 12. I would get horrible sinus infections that wouldn’t clear with antibiotics, I got constant sinus headaches and I actually got a fever from the one right before I had the surgery and was coughing up some of the grossest looking crap, it literally looked like a tumor I coughed up, it was scary and gross.  I never get fevers unless I’m very, very sick, so I had a CT that showed an S shaped deviation with bone spur and sinus disease which didn’t show on my previous CT.

The doctor didn’t want to do the septoplasty at first due to my age, but once he got in during the surgery, he said everything was worse than they thought, my infection still hasn’t cleared and I had polyps that didn’t show up on the scan and he had to make openings in all of my sinuses so I was a complete mess.

My sense of smell is stronger now, I get 1 sinus infection a year that sometimes clears on its own, and I rarely get sinus headaches. Recovery wasn’t too bad, I had to stay in the hospital over night because I have asthma, otherwise I would have gotten sent home same day supposedly. Removing the packing and the splints was a little uncomfortable, but didn’t hurt. The only thing that sucked was I couldn’t really wash my nose for about a week afterward because it was sore so I ended up with some blackheads on my nose. Good luck to you!!

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