Endoscopic Sinus Surgery to Widen Sinus Openings and Remove Nasal Polyps and a Mucocele
My surgery was scheduled for 8 am on a Monday. I had to be at the hospital at 7 am to prep me for surgery. I could not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before my surgery.
I got to the hospital where they verified that I was having sinus surgery and they brought me back to a room. The nurse had me pee in a cup, she took all of my information and went over my medications with me. I then changed into a gown and she put an IV in my hand so I would be ready for the medicine when I got into surgery.
My ENT came in and asked if I had any questions. She listened to my lungs and was concerned since I was wheezy. I let her know that I have been wheezy for three years now and assured her that I was OK. She had the anesthesiologist listen to my lungs too. He wanted to make sure I didn't sound more wheezy throughout the surgery.
They walked me back to a surgical room and introduced me to the staff that would be working on me. It was a very cold, antiseptic room. Everyone put me at ease. The anesthesiologist asked me a few questions and tested a bit of the medicine to make sure I could feel it. He said it would feel like I just had a cocktail, and it did. He then put an oxygen mask on me and I was out!
The next thing I know, I was waking up about 3 - 3 1/2 hours later and the surgery was done. I was being wheeled to my recovery room. I was very drowsy and I kept falling asleep. I was not in pain, just very tired.
They brought my husband in to be with me, but I kept falling asleep. The ENT went over everything with my husband. She gave him a sheet with my one week follow-up date on it, pictures from the scope while they were doing surgery. It even showed the polyp that was blocking my frontal sinus from draining. She said that I had two openings to my frontal sinus (which she had never seen before) but that they were both completely shut. She was able to remove the mucocele, open up the sinus openings for better drainage and clear out all of the polyps. They were mostly on the left side. I normally sleep on the left side so I wonder if it all just drained to the left and caused the problems on the left side mostly?
Once I started to wake up more, my head really hurt and my stomach was queasy. Even my top, front teeth hurt. My throat was also sore because they had put a tube down my throat. I am hypoglycemic, and I had not eaten since dinner the night before, so they got me a large Sprite, a pudding, and some graham crackers. I felt so much better after eating the pudding and drinking the Sprite, but it hurt to eat the graham crackers. They were hard and my throat hurt and my mouth was so dry. Chewing also made my nose bleed. I got through one cracker and that was it.
They took the IV needle out of my hand and had me get dressed, then they wheeled me out to the car for my husband to bring me home.
I was so tired and thirsty the first day. I slept on the recliner with my head up for drainage. They said that the more upright I am, the quicker I will heal. I have a gauze contraption beneath my nose to catch any blood. I had to change the gauze out every couple of hours. Eating and talking make my nose bleed faster, so I am trying to avoid that as much as possible. I am emailing people to let them know how I am doing instead of talking to them on the phone. I am also drinking LOTS of liquids.
I am taking Percoset (pain medicine) every 6 hours, Augmentin (antibiotic) twice a day and I am going through another steroid back (decreases inflammation). I am also taking all of my normal pill medications. I cannot take my prescription nasal sprays, but I have been using my saline nasal spray once every 4 hours. It seems to help get rid of some of the pain and dryness in my nose and it helps to get rid of the feeling that I have to sneeze. If I do sneeze, I have to sneeze through my mouth.
I cannot breathe through my nose. It is packed with a gauze roll that is supposed to dissolve on its own. I have to breathe through my mouth which makes it difficult to eat. I have to eat things that don't involve much chewing or I feel like I am going to suffocate.
I have no wheezing in my lungs today. There is no mucus in there finally! I hope this lasts!