Patient Comments: Sinus Surgery - Recovery


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Comment from: Kellie , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 20

I had septoplasty with turbinates reduction 2 weeks ago. I feel awful after my sinus surgery! I have chronic fatigue and vertigo. My doctor gave me pain medications for 2 days which is just not long enough. My forehead hurts and my nose feels completely stuffed every time I lie down. I was told not to blow but I have to, in order to breathe. I hope that things start looking up soon.

Comment from: Female Patient, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I had balloon sinuplasty and septoplasty in the doctor’s office. I had very little pain after first 3 days after the sinus surgery. However, no improvement in original symptoms (chronically stuffy nose). My left nostril is worse than before the surgery. I am now 8 weeks post operation. This morning, I awoke with vertigo and fell onto the closet door when getting out of bed. I have to hold on to something to bend over and if I lie down, I cannot turn my head to the left. I would not recommend this surgery to anyone.

Comment from: Rmh, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

I just had a sinus surgery 10 days ago to remove a fungal ball. They found that bacteria grew off of it and I had staph as well. I'm on heavy antibiotics and I'm bringing up huge blood clots. My doctor finally saw me today only after telling me that if it's not coming out my nose, it's highly unlikely that it's coming from my sinuses. Well, was I was right! It's still bleeding in my maxillary gland. I'm still having facial pain, headaches, eye pain, etc.

Comment from: Kai, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 13

It has been 6 days since my surgery. It included sinus surgery, septoplasty and somnoplasty. The first 24 hours were horrible because I was in so much pain. I was nauseous and vomited any food. Day 2 things began to improve considerably. The heavy bleeding stopped and I haven't worn the mustache dressing since. Every day gets a little better. I have packing in my nose, so no breathing through it, but the leakage is minimal as long as I'm not really active. I also spit up blood still.

Comment from: SB7, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 27

The 1st day after my sinus surgery, I had 90 percent congestion. I was comfortable, I could actually breathe slightly through one nostril, and slept well. Minimal pain. Day 2, I had 100 percent congestion. I couldn't sleep for fear of suffocation. I was afraid to sniff or do anything; I was not informed that I could lightly sniff and/or irrigate the 2nd day with saline. The nurse called to check on me and informed me, I irrigated and could rest easier. Minimal pain. Don't blow or swallow discharge. Day 3, I had 70 percent congestion but able to rest, minimal pain. Day 4 congestion came down to 60 percent with minimal pain. Day 5, down to 50 percent congestion and doctor visit.

Comment from: Stuffed up, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

I am still recovering from my sinus surgery after 8 days. The ENT said 48 hours! I spent 5 days flat in bed. Breathing through the nose was impossible, it felt like glass. It’s awful. My mornings are the worst. I am doing everything, Afrin 2 times daily, saline multiple times, drinking fluids, high doses of prednisone and antibiotics. I’m doubting myself now.

Comment from: Clhub1951, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 12

It has been 52 days since my sinus surgery and I am still having throbbing sensation and pressure in the nasal bridge area.

Comment from: Ashley J., 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 25

By the next day, after my balloon procedure sinus surgery, I started feeling congested and ended up with a severe sinus infection. It took me over a week to recuperate. I had not planned to take any time off work but ended up taking 5 days off. I had my procedure on a Friday and didn't return to work until day 8. I realize my situation is not the norm.

Comment from: Risk Concern, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 11

I’ve been searching for answers. I had sinus surgery 3 weeks ago today. I did develop an actual infection which the doctor’s assistant blamed on hormones. So, instead of returning to the ENT I went to the allergist for diagnosis. While I’m finally starting to feel better 3 days after starting antibiotics, I’m still severely chronically fatigued. I was told that would have stopped week 1. Reading through, I’m wondering if I shouldn’t be concerned about the brain and a different type of infection.

Comment from: Rmg, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 02

I had sinus surgery four days ago to remove polyps and clear the maxillary sinus. Although the CT scan shows I have a deviated septum, my doctor clarified that a deviated septum is extremely common. I chose not to have surgery on the deviated septum. After the surgery for the polyps and maxillary sinus I bled for the first day and have had no pain to speak of. The first evening my nose was completely congested but cleared up on day two after using the nasal mist. I’m glad I had this procedure done.


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Comment from: Jane, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 06

I had deviated septum surgery and tube in my right ear 4 weeks ago. Painful all around. As of today ears still feel muffled and I am blowing yucky stuff out of nose and coughing up globs of stuff. I am on Norco for pain. Well, as of today when I woke up my vertigo was full blown. I couldn’t even walk to get out of my bedroom, my eyes couldn’t focus enough. So I am not sure why vertigo is acting up but it is awful and I also have a headache that won’t go away today. Wish I had some relief.

Comment from: Help!, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

I had sinus surgery and it has been 9 months. I can't feel my nose, the roof of my mouth, and teeth; all are numb! It feels like stoppers in my nose! My nose is dry and burning and I have no boogers or mucus. I went to the ENT. He said continue to keep it greased. He said he does not do surgery like that anymore. He said keep it greased and I told him I do. I use Bactrim, Vaseline, sesame oil, and helichrysum oil and still use saline. I have googled, I have empty nose syndrome, and someone recommend a doctor.

Comment from: dorthea, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

I had sinus surgery a few months ago and after 3 weeks I started pulling out plastic things out of my nose. I don’t know what's going on with that, and now the surgeon has retired and I'm still having trouble with my sinuses.

Comment from: Dorinda , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

It's been over a month so far since my sinus surgery. My ENT said I was healed 2 weeks ago although I still had green coming out and horrible headaches. He said they were not from the sinuses. Two days ago I pulled out a thin rectangular object from my nose! Wish I had saved it! It felt like a thin, brittle piece of plastic.

Comment from: Ruse, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 16

I am usually a very active and pain tolerant person. Sinus surgery 2 weeks ago really knocked the wind out of my sails. I have screaming headaches, terrible fatigue, and still flushing awful looking stuff out of my nose. I know TMJ (temporomandibular disorder). I lost my sense of taste and smell for 10 days and 7 pounds off my bag of bones frame. I started on ibuprofen 600 mg plus Percocet 5/325 mg every 4 to 6 hours on day 10. My smell and taste came back the next morning. I would recommended staying well hydrated, frequent saline sinus rinse, Ayr gel which stays up there better than spray, and treat yourself kindly. You are not a wuss. Doctor gave me Norco post surgery which is a horrid worthless drug. Ask for oxycodone and get on NSAID as soon as allowed. Good luck, better days ahead.

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

I am still trying to recover from my sinus surgery. I had it performed almost 3 weeks ago. Not much blood thankfully, but I have pains in my entire forehead and the back of my neck. I am so fatigued, and just want to sleep all the time! I also have had a fever most days, since post-operation; not high enough to call the doctor. My left cheek and eye were swollen and angry. I called the doctor and he put me on Bactrim.

Comment from: Tallulah, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 24

After repeated sinus infections and chronic migraines, scans revealed sinusitis. My right side was almost completely diseased. Though I had no issues breathing, I had horrible post nasal drip (more like bands of thick mucus) along with headaches, facial pain, earaches and toothaches. Then suddenly I had a droopy eyelid and horrible pressure. After several rounds of antibiotics and prednisone I agreed to sinus surgery. I went in knowing my risks of something going wrong were higher than normal but knew I needed to do this. I have two blood clotting disorders so I’m on lifelong blood thinners (history of blood clots) and also have mixed connective tissue disease for which I take immunosuppressants. I was having horrible clotting during my menstrual cycles causing anemia so my doctors decided I should have the sinus surgery the same day as the uterine ablation to avoid bridging the blood thinners twice. I stopped my warfarin 5 days before surgery and started Lovenox which I stopped 24 hours before surgery. Both surgeries went well. I did not have nausea when I awoke because the anesthesiologist put a 3 day patch on me before surgery to avoid it. I had pain but I wouldn’t say it was unbearable, more uncomfortable, tender, and throbbing. I was swollen and bruised, and had a black eye. After about an hour after surgery I had a bad bleed, steady blood flow from nose and mouth. The doctor suctioned my nose repeatedly, scoped it, and eventually got it to stop. I was in extreme pain and scared. My arm started to swell at the site of the arterial blood test and it was painful so they had to rule out clots before sending me home 4 days after surgery. Three days after being home and doing the nasal rinses I started to bleed again. My doctor again packed my nose after suctioning. As I waited to go home I started to feel worse. Suddenly the blood started pouring out of the other side and out of my mouth and I had trouble breathing. I was vomiting blood, they gave me medicine to relax me while this was going on and at some point I passed out briefly. The ENT cauterized as much as he could and got the bleeding under control. I woke up in extreme pain! I was not given the patch this time around so the nausea set in quickly. They gave me medicines in the IV then put the patch on. The pain medicines were not working. I took migraine medicine along with Vicodin but it just barely took the edge off. By the second day I have body aches, low fever and stiff neck. They said I most likely had flu so they started me on Tamiflu. Third day I had bruising all along one side of leg. Fourth day I went home. The bruising got worse so they ordered scans for clots. It was clear. It’s been almost 3 weeks since the second surgery and I’m still in pain. Sore, tender, throbbing. When I blow my nose softly it varies from yellow, clear, pink, brown. It still bleeds from time to time but not steady. I’m still on both blood thinners so that’s not helping the cause. He says my eye sockets are not even and one eye is more pushed in. The pressure was doing damage.


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Comment from: Ella, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 27

I had sinus surgery a month ago and I feel great. Everything went so smoothly, no complications, it was just bloody the first two days, but that subsided quickly. I was given pain medicine, prednisone and antibiotics. I irrigate three times a day and everything is working like it should be. I can breathe smoothly and sleep soundly. People having complications should start asking their doctor questions, some of these experiences are horrifying.

Comment from: Mary, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 07

I had sinus surgery about 4 weeks ago. It was amazingly painless. Even having the packing removed was much easier than I imagined. I'm continuing to have a very stuffy nose and I'm thinking that I should have bought stock in Kleenex. I hope all continues to go well and I'm hoping that the infection is gone.

Comment from: 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 21

I had sinus surgery 3 months ago. I am still bleeding about 2 to 3 times a week on one side of my nose. The doctor has cauterized it three times, but it is still bleeding. I am thinking of getting a new doctor.

Comment from: HNC, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 05

I had sinus surgery 4 weeks ago. The first problem post-surgery was my inability to urinate, resulting in my having a catheter for a week. As far as recovery, I have headaches which I have never had before, earaches, deafness in my right ear, and equilibrium issues. I also seem to have little energy. I am back at work, but have little energy for anything besides work and necessary errands. I am cranky a lot of the time. In addition, my nose still feels stuffed. My ENT said to keep doing rinses, recovery takes time. So far, I am regretting having this done.

Comment from: Kayla, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 11

I had severe sinus problems after 3 revision rhinoplasty, really stupid on my part! I was sick for 3 years. I had dizziness, shaking, flu-like feeling, blurred vision, heat intolerance, and light and sound sensitivity. I no longer went out. I saw 6 ENTs and I finally saw an ENT doctor at the medical school. He ordered a high resolution CAT scan. I had bad infection, due to blocked sinus and scar tissue, plus some flaps were down. This was fixed and the doctor stitched it back in place. I felt little to no pain, and I didn't take any painkillers. The issue I had during surgery was some sort of tape over my eyelids that really irritated my eyes. A gel-like substance made of shellfish was left in the sinuses which was pretty amazing stuff as I blew it out on the 5th day. Recovery was about two weeks and I was cured.

Comment from: beyok1968, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 11

I had sinus surgery and a turbinate reduction for chronic sinusitis. I am now a month post-surgery and still have some pain and pressure in both ears and like one of them here, I also lost hearing in both ears for several weeks and am where it is slowly getting better. I am still not back to full hearing. My doctor hasn't helped much either. I was told to continue my nasal rinses and sprays and take more pain medication. I've been through a bottle of Percocet and a bottle of Tylenol. It is slowly getting better but has taken a very long time.

Comment from: sherri, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

This has now been one week since my maxillary sinus surgery. I had left sinus worked on, for blockage. I still feel out of it. I get very tired and out of energy quite easily. I have pressure around eye and temple area. I have been running a low grade fever of about 99.5. Ice packs help which my doctor never told me. I can feel heat radiating around my left ear, kind of weird. I had very little bleeding but still feel quite swollen, with pressure and fatigue/fever. When people ask I tell them about 10% better each day so I still have about 30% to go I figure. Just my analogy.

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

One word, awful. I am 4 days post sinus surgery from the balloon, irrigation and turbinate reduction. I feel like I have the flu. I didn"t get sent home with any pain medicine, which wasn"t bad the first day after, due to the anesthesia still in your system. By the 2nd day post operation which was a Friday, I was hurting so bad and doctor office is closed. So no chance of pain medicine there. Tylenol and Motrin don"t cut it. I’ve had barely any sleep the last 4 days, cold washcloths and nasal rinses constantly. I was told I would be good to work in a week, I am thinking not! Take 2 weeks if you can, and only get surgery if you really need it. I am a chronic sinusitis and allergic rhinitis sufferer, I had headaches every day for the last 6 months and decided to see an ENT.

Comment from: Gracejoy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

I had sinus surgery because after having rhinoplasty I had scar tissue build up that caused a serious sinus infection. I suffered with low grade fever, dizziness, nausea, and blurred vision for two years and I was fed up! I found the very best sinus surgeon with a five star rating. I had all if the sinus scraped and cleaned and he very carefully widened the maxillary sinus opening for drainage and removed a few small polyps. My nose bled many hours, I was amazed at how much blood and for how long it took to really stop, maybe five day. I took one pain killer and I felt better in three days; I could breathe finally, it was amazing. It is one month later to the day it was worth it.

Comment from: MDG Sydney, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 13

Recovery period of 3 to 5 days from sinus surgery is completely preposterous. It takes at least 3 weeks. I do not believe this as it is untrue. I had a septoplasty.

Comment from: Kathy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 15

I had sinus surgery six days ago. Something went very wrong and after the surgery I vomited huge clots of dark blood all night. I went through about 100 cloth towels wiping blood out of my mouth. The next day I was back in the operation room to stop the bleeding. During the second operation I was given 2 units of blood. I remained in the hospital for 4 days. The surgeon will remove the packing in three days. He is concerned about the potential for bleeding issues. I take Coumadin and did exactly what I was told to do for surgery. This has been a nightmare.

Comment from: Friend, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 29

I have had sinus surgery twice. The first time I felt quite well quite quickly; within a week or so. This time, I am very tired, there was much more blood and I think they just dug into the sinuses and cleaned them out! With that said, I can breathe through my nose again and have some relief. I have not needed narcotic pain medicines with either surgery. Do the rinses! They do help.

Comment from: Shell Belle, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 02

I had sinus/deviated septum surgery two weeks ago tomorrow. I just went back to work today. Worst part for me was the drain tubes that I had for the first 5 days – I couldn't breathe through my nose! Rinsing every hour got old, quick. After tubes came out I am much better! Still rinsing at least twice a day now and breathing much better!

Comment from: Marie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 21

I had sinus surgery 4 days ago and other than feeling dizzy and having dull head pain I can breathe through my nose for the first time in two years. Each day the dizziness is wearing off and the head pain is slowly easing off too. Hopefully in a few days I will be feeling back to my normal self and then I can say the surgery was worth it.

Comment from: LW, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 19

I had the balloon sinuplasty on Monday. It was painful but I can breathe for the first time in 2 years. The bleeding stopped but I have so much drainage it is unreal. I have been unable to blow my nose in months. I guess the surgery is working!

Comment from: Katie C., 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

My initial recovery took about a week but went back to work too soon and suffered a set back. Plan to take a week (5 days) off of work and just relax. I started suffering migraines (never had them before) about 3-4 weeks after surgery and it is ongoing and random. It has been 4 months - I don't think I would have done the surgery (for dev. septum and sinus drainage issues) had a i known the possibility of migraines. I'm pretty miserable. My surgeon has tried a few different meds. Some have had no effect others worked to some degree but not 100% and then eventually didn't work at all (imitex, aleve, etc.). Good luck!

Comment from: Peace, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: May 31

It’s been one day and a half the bleeding slowed down. I feel good. I have always been active. Being inactive for a week is going to kill me. I’ve been having slight headaches, but I use ice packs for those and I’m generally fine.

Comment from: Jojo, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 20

I had my sinus surgery last week and everything went will. I can breathe now and have no problem with blockage of my sinuses. Thanks to my surgeon – he is the best that I have.

Published: April 22

Three weeks ago I had sinus surgery. Recovery has been terrible. I now have lost about 80 percent of my hearing in my right ear, and about 20 percent in my left ear. I am taking ear drops and antibiotics. I regret not going to a large hospital to have this done, as I have lost my trust in the ENT surgeon I was referred to. I have had to call a few times to get more medication, as my condition was getting worse. Apparently, I had one of the worst sinus infections the surgeon had ever seen. But still – losing my hearing? I am now debating about quitting him and going to another hospital. If I lose my hearing, my next step is an appointment with a lawyer.

Comment from: let'splayhockey, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 06

It will be a week since surgery tomorrow and the bleeding has subsided but congestion and facial pressure is still a concern. Very lightly blowing my nose produces a lot of blood, my ears keep popping as well.

Comment from: mark e, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 07

I had my surgery 6 days ago. There’s no more seeping and i actually feel nearly back to normal.

Comment from: hope this helps, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

Generally the recovery time for outpatient surgery is 6 to 8 weeks. It also depends on the procedure you are having done. Sinus surgery can mean any number of things like frontal sinusectomy or anterior ethmoidectomy.