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Comment from: Eric , 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 27

I had 3 functional¬†endoscopic sinus surgeries (FESS) as well as 2 balloon surgeries. The balloons did nothing but the FESS helped some. I had a severe chronic infection from a tooth abscess. I had 10 CTs and not one showed sinusitis. Finally I got a doctor to do a surgery and he said that my sinuses were the worst he’s ever seen! Amazing they rely on CTs this much. I still have the infection and every time I drink something it pools in my sinuses. It still interrupts my sleep and I can’t turn my gels like a normal human. Yay!

Comment from: GailSusan, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 31

I had a completely blocked maxillary sinus on my right side confirmed by a CT scan. I went into outpatient surgery last Monday. When I woke up in recovery after my sinus surgery, I had some pain (4 on a scale of 10) and they gave me fentanyl in my IV. After that, I had no pain. I had to change the gauze pad under my nose frequently, so the surgeon suggested Afrin spray, and that helped. I used saline mist after that. I still feel fatigued, but have no pain or discomfort. So glad I had this done.

Comment from: Hodgson, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 22

It is 4 weeks (5/19/21) after my sinus surgery and tubes put in my ears, and I am miserable! I have high fatigue and pain, and am so dizzy I can hardly move. I wish I had never had it done. I had sinus surgery in 2014, and it was nothing like this.

Comment from: GL, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 28

I had sinus surgery 3 weeks ago, sinuplasty, reduction of turbinate and a septoplasty done. Thought I would be good to go after two weeks. Not! I am still having facial pain, sinus congestion and fatigue. So much pressure in my nose and head, and flu like feeling especially in the afternoon. I went back to work for three days and gave up. I am doing everything I’m supposed to do. Wondering how long this is going to take.

Comment from: Teepops, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

I had my sinus surgery 8 years ago because of chronic sinus infections. Recovery was awful. I was a pukey, bloody mess. The bright side is that I rarely get sick anymore. Headaches are fewer and farther between and when I get them, they’re less painful. The only problem I have now is constantly needing to clear my throat. I’m sure it annoys the people around me as much or more than it annoys me.

Comment from: Rosie1955, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 20

Your post sinus surgery best friends are: sinus rinses, pain medication, recliner, and ice packs. Nausea medicines are helpful too.

Comment from: Ben, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 07

Before having the sinus surgery all my sinuses were almost completely blocked. I was unable to breathe at all through my nose and was getting significant sinus pressure and headaches at least a couple of times a month. For me the surgery was the best decision I ever made, recovery was shockingly easy. I had pain only the first day, easily controlled with painkillers. Bleeding kept up for a few weeks, had an infection that cleared with antibiotics. Sinus headaches were far worse than the discomfort related to the procedure.

Comment from: Hurts, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 09

I had a sinus surgery almost 3 weeks ago. My lip is burning and it feels like I got nerve damage. I still hurt on the left side terribly. Wondering how long it is going to take for this to go away.

Comment from: Nasal sound , 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 04

I had done sinus surgery for deviated septum and maxillary sinus drainage 3 months back. Breathing is normal but nasal sound is coming from my nose when I talk.

Comment from: Wendy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

I have had sinus headaches for years and finally decided to see an ENT to determine what should be done. After having a sinus CT scan, the doctor suggested a course of antibiotics because of the amount of infection seen in the scan. After 12 weeks of 3 different antibiotics we decided that surgery would be the next step. Overall the sinus surgery went well and my sinuses healed quickly. Unfortunately, I had swelling behind my eye which caused severe pain for weeks and the doctor has no idea why.

Comment from: chinita2520, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 25

I had sinus surgery and a deviated septum all done the same day 7 weeks ago, and I am back to work. I am still recovering from surgery, I have a bad infection, and a foul smell in my nose. I continue to do rinses as instructed by the doctor but I still don't feel well. I did not want to come to work as of yet, but the doctor said it was time. Usually recovering time is 2 weeks but it so happens that I am that 1 patient who has bad luck. My ears are clogged, my left eye hurts and I have an ear ache.


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Comment from: Bets, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 08

I had sinus surgery a few years back. I wouldn't recommend. I still have sinus infection and headaches off and on, everything drains down my throat, blowing and getting results is rare! My sense of smell intensified in that I can hardly stand the smell of raw meat or fish when cooking them! And when I went in for checkup the doctor had left packing in my nose! I thought I was having polyps removed and he ended up doing surgery. Never again would I recommend!

Comment from: Lynn, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

I had my sinus surgery on 11/3/2019. Today is about 40 days after surgery. My right nose still blocks occasionally and giving me breathing problems as I have asthma and occasional bronchitis. It is sometimes on the right lung and sometimes on the left. The doctor said it is postnasal drip but I've been on antibiotics, steroid spray and I do my nasal irrigation every day. It is frustrating and I am wondering how long this will continue because it is very tiring when I cannot breathe.

Comment from: Tanya, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 11

I just had my sinus surgery on 4/4/2019. My surgeon was wonderful but I would never repeat the surgery if you paid me a trillion dollars. I'm still healing but the packing removal was horrendous, there are no words, and this is coming from a very tough woman. I do feel I can breathe better out of my sinuses but have a good 4 weeks to really tell. I can say headaches, no smell, no taste, and facial pain are right on target. I was symptomatic for sinus infections, colds, sinus pressure headaches but my CAT scan showed completely normal, so CAT scans are not foolproof.

Comment from: Akitabear, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 26

I had rhinoplasty due to a wisdom tooth being pulled about 6 months before and had a severe sinus infection all that time. The opening wouldn’t close. I was at the doctor’s office, my legs started wobbling and I had a blank stare, and the doctor grabbed me. When got home it happened again, so I went to the emergency room and had everything checked out. Now 2 months later it happened again and no one can figure it out. Saw neurologist too and everything checked out.

Comment from: jd, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 01

I had sinus surgery in August 2017. They also they repaired deviated septum and some other problems at the same time. Probably the worst thing after surgery was breathing through the mouth for a week until the stents were removed. Also my front teeth were numb for about 3 months. But, and this is a biggie, I have lost almost all my sense of smell and now it is affecting my taste. I was not warned about this beforehand. I am very confused about what to do but I have contacted an attorney.

Comment from: Shir, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 28

I had deviated septum surgery June 26, 2018. I have not recovered yet, I’ve been to the emergency room several times and even had a CAT scan done because my nose constantly runs. It blocks up on one side, then blocks up on the other side, then it goes back to the other side. My head feels like I got a paper bag stuck in it. My ears are plugged when I blow my nose and I get dizzy or I am popping my ear out. I actually sneezed so hard I knocked my jaw and a place in my ear popped so hard I couldn’t even hear.

Comment from: Jacob, 19-24 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 08

My son went in for a recheck after sinus surgery to fix a deviated septum. This was his 2nd follow-up. The doctor removed crusts and scabs and my son said it hurt and bled. He woke up the next morning and his tongue was swollen and so sore, throat sore, nose sore to the touch and even cheeks were swollen. Urgent care gave him steroid and antibiotic. The emergency room said they had no idea what it was. The next day we revisited the surgeon who said it wasn’t MRSA and he was mystified. He is on antibiotic and steroid pack.

Comment from: Delia, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 18

I had my sinus surgery 8 days ago. The first 24 hours were pain free. However the next three days were misery. I had pain in my sinuses and a headache which made me just want to squeeze my head off. I took ibuprofen every four hours and started nasal douching on the 2nd day. That did help. Eight days on I get pain every other day. Almost like the pressure is building at this rate now. My ears hurt, as does my head. I just want to get better.

Comment from: Carolyn, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 23

I had sinus surgery a month ago. I had polyps removed from my maxillary sinus and nasal passages. I previously had endoscopic shaving surgery a year before. It came back. This time a different ENT removed the roots by drilling holes into my gums. Surgery was 6 hours long. I am still recovering. Every day gets a little better. Sinus rinsing feels wonderful. I look forward to it. Only thing, is I still have numbness on the left side of my nose and mouth. I cannot purse my lips to sip liquid.


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Comment from: Alberta Guy, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 02

I had sinus surgery 4 days ago and I am nearly back to 100 percent. I can't remember what it's like to have a properly functioning nose. Guess I have been breathing through my mouth and not realizing it for quite a few years. I'm having some mucus to clean up, nothing crazy. This surgery was worth it for me.

Comment from: Mathias, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: September 04

I got my sinus surgery 2 days ago. The CT scan showed that all my sinuses were clogged with mucus and I had a deviated septum. When I came out of anesthesia, I was in the worst pain ever. I had the worst migraine that I’ve ever had and felt like somebody was hitting my nose and two front teeth with a sledge hammer. I have a constant blood drip but it’s getting better. The pain in this recovery has been unbearable. Be sure they give you good pain medicines.

Comment from: no nose, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 31

After 7 sinus surgeries, I still suffer. I would never recommend this as each surgery takes more of the small hairs that push the snot out of your sinuses. Now I have so much scar tissue that a runny nose results in a sinus infection. Now I have no choice but to have my sinuses undergo surgery again. I started at 40 years of age and now I'm 63. So sick of this.

Comment from: 50andcounting, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I had sinus surgery in October 2016 and am still ill. I have been very sick from the surgery with fevers, phlegm balls and the inability to swallow food. Long story short the doctor that did the CT scan lied about it and it was really normal. I have a damaged esophagus which is a huge problem and now I will need more surgeries to fix the mess this doctor created. If you are spitting up mucus balls it is from your stomach and not from your sinus and you should be checked by a gastroenterologist.

Comment from: Hellian, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

I had sinus surgery a little over 2 months ago. It has been a long recovery for me. I can breathe through my nose easily, but I still sound nasal when I talk. I have severe headaches, ran a low grade fever for weeks, and all I wanted to do was sleep (still do). If I had it to do over I would definitely not! My ENT gave me 800 mg of Bactrim 2 time a day for 10 days and it still didn't bring my fever down. Maybe if I were younger, it wouldn't have been so hard to recover. Sorry I had it done.

Comment from: feeling stressed, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 04

I had sinus surgery back in October of 2016. My doctor said I was an eight on a scale of 1 to 10 after seeing my CT scan. Since surgery I am feeling about 80 to 90 percent better but still feel lethargic in the morning. Each morning around 11 am I have to cough up green/yellow mucus out of my stomach as I feel extremely nauseous until I can spit or cough it up. I also have no sense of smell since the surgery. I am very concerned as to what is causing this mucus.

Comment from: Rick, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 29

I had sinus surgery and a turbinate reduction and polyp removal for chronic sinusitis. I was out of the hospital by 10:30 and I was feeding the cows at 14:00 with nothing more than a dull headache that afternoon. I had a little bleeding from time to time but it was not an issue. A week later I was back in the gym. My sinuses are a little sensitive but I can breathe better than I ever have. I only wish I had not waited.

Comment from: Holli, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 29

I was sick for years before they figured out I had sinus disease. The ENT did a right ethmoidectomy, fixed my deviated septum, as well as removed a dead tissue mass. I was very excited for the surgery and very hopeful. The pain improved at first and I was no longer a mouth breather but the headaches and facial pain was still there. I also continued to get infections. I also got my first ear infection after the surgery. I go in next month for surgery number 2.

Comment from: Joe, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 25

Yesterday, I had sinus surgery. I had a lot of pain in the face and headaches for three months prior. The CT scan showed blockage in the maxillary and ethmoid sinuses, and a deviated septum. During the surgery yesterday, the doctor also removed some rather large polyps, which allowed drainage to then occur. I had a lot of blood drainage the first day with facial and teeth pain. I am using saline spray hourly, and that seems to help me already on the second day. I can breathe only very little from my nose, but can't sleep because I feel claustrophobic breathing through only my mouth.

Comment from: Ace, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 09

I had sinus surgery 4 days ago. I had had lightheadedness, pressure in my ears, a slightly deviated septum, and swollen membranes. I was always breathing through my mouth. As far as after surgery, I do feel like I can breathe through my nose a little better. But I used a CPAP for years, and now I can't use one right now, and am having trouble sleeping. I can't blow my nose, lots of facial pain, and on and off headaches. I'm not convinced this will help my lightheadedness but I do think ultimately it will help my breathing. A lot of my negatives you would expect 4 days after surgery, just lots of congestion and not allowed to blow my nose for a bit.

Comment from: Sara, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 25

I had sinus surgery 8 days ago. I had minimal pain the first 5 days as I was taking Percocet every 6 hours. I slept all of the first day and most of the second day, but was up moving around the house after that. I probably could have gone back to work on day 4 or 5, but couldn't drive due to the medications and was still pretty tired. I didn't have any bleeding from my nose, but had significant post nasal drip the first few days. I began saline irrigation on day 3 and lots of dried blood and clumps of stuff came out for 2 days. I haven't seen blood for 3 days though. I have had more pain the last 3 days since I am out of Percocet. Today is the worst. It just feels like a typical sinus headache though. My breathing is so much better at night! My primary motivation for the surgery was actually asthma caused by the post-nasal drip. I have not had to use an inhaler or nebulizer since the second day after surgery. I can sleep flat now, instead of with 8 pillows propping me up. I'm encouraged by results so far, but didn't expect the pain to last this long.

Comment from: Jim, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I had polyps and other obstructive tissues removed with a sinus surgery. I had very little pain except for a dry throat while I slept. I have slept in a chair and after 6 days I started to breathe through both nostrils. I rinse twice a day and I have been taking 2 Tylenol 3 every night before I go to bed. I don't think I am ready to lie down to sleep so I will continue to sleep in a reclining chair.

Comment from: Mar, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 20

My husband had sinus surgery 9 months ago. He has a staph infections in the nasal cavity that will not go away even after 13 oral antibiotics and 4 weeks of IV infusions with the infectious disease doctor. He has no energy and feels lethargic all the time. He walks very slowly and feels off balance. We are going to the clinic for help.

Comment from: 3rd sinus surgery, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 08

My 3rd sinus surgery was 13 days ago. It feels like a baseball bat to the face, albeit the least painful of the three surgeries. If you are thinking about having this surgery know that doctors are very stingy with and paranoid about issuing strong pain medications these days. Hydrocodone is not a strong pain medication. You may get lucky and be issued strong pain medications that actually work and receive enough of them but don't bet on it. Their medical licenses and the government’s statistics are far more important than your unnecessary suffering.

Comment from: chilipepper, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 02

I had FES (functional endoscopic sinus) surgery to drain maxillary sinuses filled with infection, and deviated septum. I am not going to lie, it is very painful even with strong narcotics. I didn't have a choice because of infection but if you have the choice I would consider other options. I only hope the pain is worth it in the long run. I had a junkie nurse who stole my pain medicines in recovery room so I suffered unnecessarily right off the bat.

Comment from: aps, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

I am 9 days post-operation, and had polyps removed and a deviated septum repaired. The surgeon after the operation stated that my sinuses were a mess. I had some bleeding the day of the sinus surgery, but none since. I have had no pain at all and felt I could have gone to work on day two, however, my doctor strongly suggested I take it easy for at least a week. I took a week off of work. I flush my sinuses 3 times a day and drink 2 plus liters of water a day. I was not packed after surgery.

Comment from: BreathingBetterNow, Male (Patient) Published: July 28

I had sinus surgery today. It was so much better than deviated septum surgery I had many years ago. So far I'm doing very well, on 1000 mg Tylenol every six hours. I'm feeling really tired and a bit woozy, but I can get around the house on my own, and helped make dinner. I have gauze taped to my nose to catch any dripping blood, but didn't have to change it out until 8 hours after it was first applied. Any time I get up and move around it drips a little, especially if I tilt my head down. I'll check back in a couple of days to update.

Comment from: sara, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I had sinus surgery on December 30th, 2014. I have had an awful time healing. I can breathe better at times, but I have this awful smell. I have had to go back to The ENT numerous time to get scabs removed. I also have had staph infection in my nose. I have been on so many antibiotics I'm probably immune to them. I don't really know what to do next.

Comment from: Suffering, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 30

It's been ten days since sinus surgery. It is terrible, like I have the flu. I am unable to breathe through my nose. I have had lots of bloody discharge, plenty of pain in my face, ears and throat. I have ulcers in mouth and throat, and dry, cracked lips. There's has been no benefit so far. I wouldn't do it again!

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

I had sinus surgery two years ago because of chronic sinus infections (every six weeks). The surgery itself wasn't bad but recovery was. No pain or anything like that but it was horrifically bloody. My nose bled almost constantly and when my nose wasn't bleeding, I was puking blood. I was thrilled with the surgery because I noticed an improvement in my senses of smell and taste, however, I now have a chronic dry cough and the sensation of a glob of mucus stuck in my throat. The only way to not cough all the time is to take cough drops. I go through about 3 or 4 bags of Halls each week.

Comment from: kthmiles, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 23

Recovery from sinus surgery for me was about 2 weeks before I was feeling decent and then about 3 months when I felt back to normal. I'm not going to lie, this was my worst surgery yet (and I've had 7). That was 9 months ago. I have not been sick since then and I can breathe through my nose. Make sure you do exactly as they say after the surgery. I have to use a nasal irrigation every day, or I start to get stuffy again. But it's worth it to me.

Comment from: juliaB, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I had polyps removed and a repaired deviated septum 2 weeks ago (3 and a half hour operation). The first 4 days were difficult until the packing was removed as I had very little sleep due to having to breathe through the mouth. Pain was not too bad overall but I have had episodes of worse pain if I have tilted face forward for a while or worn my glasses. My nose and front teeth are numb and I've had a couple of episodes of ear ache. I've realized the pain is worse if I don't take it easy. I will be back to work next week but definitely needed 2 weeks, wish I had known how difficult it would be as I would have arranged for more help!

Comment from: Sheryl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 20

I had sinus surgery and correction of a deviated septum two weeks ago. I was surprised at how much bleeding there was after the surgery. I wasn"t informed beforehand of this. I took a week off work. The only negative side-effect I am experiencing now is that my front teeth hurt. I was happy to read that this is normal because my surgeon did not inform me that this could be expected. I hope I see positive results from the procedure because it is not a minor undertaking. It will all be worth it if I see positive results - I hope to know within a few more weeks.

Comment from: ramhawks, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: December 13

I had sinus surgery on the 13th of November and it was tough for 4 days but once the tubes were removed it was downhill all the way. I have had problems for over 50 years and now I can breathe. I have real mucus problems and I have been on sublingual drops since late October and I am improving each day. It was worth going through. I had a wonderful doctor and staff. The hospital staff was great as well. I am so glad that I finally took the step to improve my life.

Comment from: Vanidha, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

I had my sinus operation 3 months ago, I also had a deviated septum repaired. The recovery took about two weeks, but I still have congestion even though it is not as bad as before the operation. What I do find strange is that I can consistently smell and taste phlegm, this has only started since after I had the operation. I’m not sure if this warrants a visit to the ENT or whether it will just clear eventually.

Comment from: Joy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I had my sinus surgery done two days ago and the worst of it is the sore throat, I have barely been able to swallow so have eaten very little for 3 days now. I have ulcers inside my lips, I am guessing from breathing through my mouth, I also have severe bruising on the inside of my arm from trouble getting a tube inside my vein to measure my blood pressure.

Comment from: Dave, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 06

I had endoscopic sinus surgery a week ago. All people who have this surgery should be on a course of antibiotics as, if you have chronic sinusitis you always carry the infection to some degree and surgery will aggravate it. All the pressure on eyes, green yellow mucus, and headache are symptoms of infection, and temperature increase occurs at a late stage of infection. Why doctors wait till high temperature to worry is just crazy. My advice is demand a course of Bactrim or Resprim on leaving hospital, or suffer.

Comment from: David, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 03

I had sinus surgery 20 days ago. I also had fixed, a mild deviated septum. The doctor said my case was severe. For maybe 5 years I've had a snort, cough, sleep apnea, snoring, and asthma. Since surgery my asthma is worse than ever; very concerning. Sleep apnea is worse (or not improved). I sure hope it gets better! I am not giving up yet.

Comment from: EB, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I had sinus surgery Wednesday morning and it's Friday afternoon. The bleeding is going away but gosh, it’s hard to not blow my nose. I feel congested today even though I don't have any packing. I did not need the pain medications yesterday, but today I have some pain behind my eyes. I will try Tylenol (I’m not taking other drugs except allergy medications). I did a couple of sinus rinses and am trying to stay on top of the saline sprays. I also have antibiotics because I kept getting bouts of pneumonia, which the doctors thought were due to sinus issues. It is too soon to call it is a success right now as I am hurting a little bit today; generally I am optimistic. I am pretty tough and almost thought I could have gone to work but decided to take off a whole week. I am glad that I did because I have bursts of energy and then get tired again quite easily. Reading what others wrote, it seems results take a while to make themselves known. I am hoping that I am able to break the pneumonia/sinus infection cycle with this surgery.

Comment from: lioness, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 04

The biggest problem I had after my surgery was the soreness in my throat from the breathing tube. I bleed for 13 hours afterwards but that didn't bother me as much as my throat did. It has been 2 weeks since the surgery and I now taste and smell blood all the time. I also have been getting a lot of headaches although they have been minor.

Comment from: 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 12

I am two weeks out since my sinus surgery and my sinuses are much clearer but I'm experiencing a lot of fatigue.

Comment from: Glee09, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 01

I had sinus surgery 3 weeks ago and I"m just starting to feel aches and pain on the bridge of my nose.

Comment from: Jaydray, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 30

I had sinus surgery 5 days ago for all sinus cavities to be opened up and nasal polyps and it is no mean feat. The pain of this surgery and not being able to blow your nose is unbearable. I just hope it was all worth it in the end.

Comment from: Karyn, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

Today is 24 hours after having polyps removed and I am miserable! Taking the pain meds, and been using ice pack all day with no releif! Mostly hurts on the left side around eye and temple area! Can't wait until pain start going away! My throat hurts too from the breathing tube!

Comment from: Jim, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 02

I had sinus surgery 5 days ago and still have pressure and congestion. Bleeding has stopped and I still continue to rinse. Hope to get rid of congestion.

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Comment from: jjjjd, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 29

I had a blocked sinus, which caused my right eye to pull back into my head. I was told this is called silent sinus syndrome. My ENT operated, and said it won’t get any worse. At this point, my right eye tears a lot for no reason and I can’t eat spicy foods. I used to love hot food, but now I’m too sensitive. Also I still let these giant “snots” from inside my sinuses every once in awhile. I guess you can say the surgery was a success.

Comment from: Nagles05, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

I had sinus surgery five days ago. It was the worst pain I have ever had. I had 5-6 sinus infections since Jan of 2013. They say everyone is different, but on day 5, I still have pain and pressure that is not relieved by OTC pain relievers.

Comment from: Diane, Female Published: May 08

I had surgery done today. I totally agree that the worse pain is from the tube in the throat and the plate holding down the tongue. It felt like the roof of my mouth was scraped by a razor blade 50 times and I swallowed it 20 times. Nose bleeding was expected, but they don't mention this pain.

Comment from: eka30, Male (Patient) Published: April 11

I had surgery six weeks ago and have had four bleeding episodes since then. I’m still not able to resume normal activities and had to go to the ER twice. I really regret not trying other approaches first, and would advise people to think it out carefully. My surgeon made it seem like a simple one-week no-problem procedure.

Comment from: Hooah124, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 01

I had sinus surgery 1.5 weeks ago, just had the splint, tubes and sutures removed today. I’m still having drainage, but not bad. I can breathe through my nose for the first time in many years. The first week of recovery was the worst, a lot of bruising and facial swelling (I had a lot of damage that had to be repaired, so probably what made it worse). I still have some slight bruising under the eyes and my nose is swollen, but other than that recovering well. Biggest thing is to do your research and find a good doctor.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 19

I had sinus surgery 1 1/2 years ago and still have pain and numbness. I have seen four ENTs and am still dealing with these symptoms.

Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 14

I am 5 days post-op from my sinus surgery and also had a deviated septum fixed. I can't breathe out of my nose yet, but I still have my splints in my nose. My nose is very tender, but it feels so good to do the nasal irrigations. I have been experiencing the same sinus headaches and pressure as before surgery and I hope these symptoms will go away as I recover more. All and all, the surgery wasn't as bad as most people made it out to be. I just hope it works and keeps me from getting sick all the time.

Comment from: Dianej, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

I had 6 different things done, so my surgery was more extensive than some. The splints and packing was horrible. I was having trouble breathing out of my mouth. The breathing tube pain was also very bad, but I'm so stuffy. It's my third day out, and I'm miserable. I can't breathe at all through my nose even though I have done the saline rinse. My nose is so sore as well I can hardly wash my face. Ice feels good on face.

Comment from: bill, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 04

It's been 4 weeks since I had surgery. I had splints put in for recovery for 1 week, after that I could breathe great through my nose but still have loss of smell and taste and talk nasally. They tell you not to blow but it’s hard, saline rinse works to correct healing from this. I go back again in a few days to discuss these issues, I’m not even sure if I have a sinus infection or not I’ve been taking Sudafed on and off to keep things feeling right.

Comment from: muneersm, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 11

Following sinus drain my doctor did another procedure called cryo surgery to correct my septal deviation. After that I started loosing my sense of smell. For the past 12 years I have been suffering a lot due to this 70% loss of smell.