Sinus Surgery And Recovery – What you should expect?

There are different remedies that can be used to treat sinus infection. Home remedies are the first to be considered when experiencing this intensely irritating condition.

When the patient has already reached the point when the pain can no longer be tolerated, it is best to consult a doctor. The last advice that doctors will be recommending is for him to undergo a sinus surgery and recovery stage after.

Types of Sinusitis Surgery

With the aid of technology, surgery can be done to bring relief from a sinus infection. Endoscopic surgery is one of the most common surgical methods used to treat sinusitis. The doctor checks your sinus with the aid of an Endoscope.

This device allows the physician to view and open nasal and sinus passages. It is also the same device used to remove the infected and ailing tissue that is causing the pain. This is a remarkably effective method. Doctors are real sure about the permanent recovery effect of this method.

Sinus polyp surgery is another method used to remove another irritant; the polyp. Polyps are grape like swollen skin on the sinus formed from allergies or infection. This can block the passage of air and sometimes also stops the nose from its smelling function.

  • People who have lost their sense of smell because of polyps were not able to have them back during the recovery period. The best way to do away from this irritant is to remove it through surgery.

During the operation, general anesthetics should be given to the person to put him in complete unconsciousness. The operation  will take place inside the nose. He has nothing to worry because he will wake up with your nose fully attach; the doctors will not be cutting a flesh. They will be using a small instrument to take the polyps out from your sinus.

He will not feel any pain because he is wholly unconscious during the operation. If bleeding occurs, the doctor will be using sponge rubber to drain the blood. Washing your sinus will also be one of the finishing touches. This should be done to take away all the infections from the sinus.

The Possible Effects of Sinus Surgery

Surgery may assure permanent relief from sinus infections, but undergoing such operation can also be particularly risky. During the operation, the Doctor might create an opening connecting the brain and the sinus. This causes leakage of cerebrospinal fluid called CSF. CSF is the fluid that surrounds the brain. The leak can cause meningitis.

  • Bed rest can help the patient stop the leak, but it still continues the patient may have to undergo brain surgery. This is one of the worst effects of sinus surgery. Another effect with regards to the brain is bleeding. When bleeding occurs, and the blood goes to the brain, this can be a cause of stroke.

Other effects include lose of vision or other minor visual problems, but this is just an extraordinarily rare example of  surgery risks.

Other complications after the operation include numbness on the upper front teeth column, reduction in the sense of smell and change in voice.

What to Expect During the Recovery Stage

There are several things to be considered, during sinus surgery recovery. Doing regular activities should be suspended for a week or two. What to expect after surgery? What are the things that the patient will normally feel after the operation?

The most common will be headaches after the surgery. This is normal. Another thing to be expected is the oozing of blood and sinus congestion. Doctors recommend complete rest for persons who have been through sinus operations.

It is also extremely beneficial to watch your condition. Make sure that the patient has completed the rest days before going back to your work. That way, he will be able to avoid things that can cause other types of complications.

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  • Chris says November 16, 2014

    I had surgery on August 8th. Since completion of surgery i have had, and continue to have major headaches and also upper teeth that remain numb. I am beginning to get nervous as I am not sure these sensations are normal almost 3 and a half months later. Any thoughts?

      Donna Green says January 10, 2015

      I hope your headaches have improved. I don’t have any information about what could be causing it but I had surgery Dec. 10 and this past week have developed pretty severe daily headaches. It feels like an infection in the frontal sinuses. I am waiting to see if it resolves. I am wondering if I have an infection or if this is normal inflammation from the tissues healing. I am wondering if your headaches have improved. I hope that you are feeling better.

        Raelyn Schnappauf says December 20, 2016

        Hi I had sinus surgery last week and my head hurts so bad I have been crying and the only thing that has helped is the percoset, which I was wearing of taking. I tried Advil Aleve and Tylenol and nothing else is helping. The surgeons office said it is not normal to have these headaches but I’ve never had them in my life I’m only 20 years old. Have yours subsided?

      hajra says March 18, 2016

      hi I had my sinus surgery done on 2nd Feb and I’m still getting headaches and ear pain my eyes and neck still hurts the same.. don’t know wht to do now.. as I was thinking aftee surgery the whole pain will disappear. sorry to hear about u too.. I need help as this psin is really killing me day and night.

        Aqil says March 30, 2017

        Hi Hajra,

        Did your headaches resolve themselves eventually?

    Ivy says March 3, 2015

    I have had this done three times now. My headaches usually persist for about a month, it depends where they were and how many? My polyps are usually found in all my sinus cavities and there are quiet a few. After about four weeks the headaches stop. My ENT always asks about my upper lip and teeth but I never have pain or numbness there. He has said it could indicate some nerve damage, I would follow up with your ENT.

    donald says March 15, 2015

    Hey I’ve being having problems were I can biking breath through my nose and it only happens at my house no were else I’m guessing it might be my dog. My question is will surgery help me have that problem no longer

    Joann Laqua says June 9, 2015

    Hit nose on steering wheel when hit deer 2 months ago, since then had polyup and red boil in back of nose had surgery last thur, since then eyesight, has went using reading glass 225,250 and in 4 days went to 325, is this normal or should see eye Dr or my ENT

    maryam says June 24, 2015

    Hi last friday i had sinus surgery after surgery i had deadly pain in my head nose and now i feel less pain before but some bleeding in my mouth it is normal becouse i am phn patient and every 15 day i took solirces ?can tell me it is normal?

  • Bradley says October 23, 2015

    I’m scared to death because it’s painful nothin helps an I’m goin through it.

      obayoko says November 3, 2015

      I underwent sinus surgery on 10/6/15,iam still suffering from minor nasal pain.the doctor stated,that the facial pain would go away,when the sinus are completely healed.

    Suzanne evans says February 16, 2016

    I had frontal sinus surgery 3 weeks ago , have seen the consultant after 2 weeks of havin op, my lleft sinus was very swollen to remove crusts , I don’t seem to be improving and feel very blocked up . Is this normal as I am really feeling not to good.

    hajra says March 18, 2016

    hi guys I hope all of you get well soon.. I had my sinus surgery done on 2nd Feb but I’m still getting the same head aches. my eyes are in pain and my neck and ears hurt too.. I went to my follow up appointment to ENT the doctor who saw me said my sinus was healing well. If my sinus are healing then y am I getting these headaches. she gave me antiptrlyne tabs to take and said she will see me again to see how I’m doing. my headache are so bad I can hardly rest my head on pillow. my life is hell day and night.. pls can some one help me. I’m really fed up of this pain.

    Satya says April 23, 2016

    It is completely blocked with polyp in all sinus and sever pain and headache.DOctor suggesting to go for surgery? What should I do ?
    Please confirm whether I will get permanent cure from sinus.

      Marla says April 24, 2016

      I just had sinus surgery on the 19th and I am glad I have had it. I was experiencing constant pressure around my eyes and forehead, sinus headaches, vision problems, fluid in ears and just feeling run down in general. I snored at night and I could not blow my nose. I had tried so much medication and opted to have the surgery down by an experienced ENT in the hospital. I am one week out and can breath so much better. One of the after effects is a feeling of fatigue and it is immense. Plan on a week off work. It will take a lot of time to recover. I have to do sinus rinses and keep saline mist in my nose. I had four sinuses shut down due to polyps. I will be following up with an allergist to determine what is causing the inflammation in my nose as polyps can return. Need to treat the cause of the inflammation as well. Wish you best of luck. Some people never need another surgery, some people may need one again in five to ten years and some have them several times. It is important for maintenance and to address the inflammation to garner success. It took a long time to get you to where you needed surgery and will take a while to recover.

    Manikonda Prakash Rao says June 19, 2016

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  • Bill says July 30, 2016

    I’ve had chronic sinusitis since 1991, post barotrauma from diving coupled with secondary antagonizing due botanical allergies. on 07/28/2016 I received surgery (from a a very experienced ENT), to alleviate the thickened mucosal tissues and to have the right side of the septum reformed. A temporary stent has been installed. Immediately post-op I recognized the relief of pressure to my frontals. No headache above what I’ve become accustomed to living with on a daily, and I can also tell the maxillary no longer has the continual swollen sensation to it and it’s only been 24 hours post-op.

    I wonder how many of you having the continual headaches; are you using a sinus rinse twice a day? You might be surprised at how much faster you heal, and how much less you experience recurring infections. I use a Neil-Med bottle (have for years), and it flushes the sinus like you wouldn’t believe. Your ENT can also prescribe a steroidal nasal spray to reduce inflammation.

    john says August 17, 2016

    this is the first morning after my sinus operation my nose is so congested i am trying some nasal wash but it wont even go up one side

      Lenny Chinzi says August 18, 2016

      I had my sinus surgery last friday aug 12th 2016. Follow what the doc says to a tee. Give it three days. All that crud will start to thin out. First three days are the worst. My doc told me to use AYR saline spray two up each nostril for a few days until I started using the neilmed rinse kit. worked great just like he said. Get well soon,hang in there brother your close!

    LAURIE deforest says November 14, 2016

    I have been diagnosed with a partial opacification with mucous retention cyst node involving the visualization sphenoid sinuses
    Can you tell me any comments please?

    Joseph Parker says January 4, 2017

    I had surgery on Dec 12th, and have noticed a nasal lynn quality to my voice that hasn’t yet subsided. My RNT told me I shouldn’t worry about it and that it likely due to the change in the resonance of my voice and it’s just me hearing myself differently, however the nasal quality of my voice is something everyone else notices as well. At this point I’m becoming concerned and am wondering if this will eventually subside and my voice return to normal?

    Mary Villeneuve says January 25, 2017

    In case of normal sinus surgery there is some possibility to infection. After operation everybody should take complete bed rest almost 4 to 5 days, but unfortunately some of them do not take rest and it makes the infection. In endoscopic sinus surgery the possibility of infection is so nominal.

  • Mary Villeneuve says January 25, 2017

    In case of normal sinus surgery there is some possibility to infection. After operation everybody should take complete bed rest almost 4 to 5 days, but unfortunately some of them do not take rest and it makes the infection. In endoscopic sinus surgery the possibility of infection is so nominal.

    Taylor Bishop says February 6, 2018

    I just wanted to thank you for helping me learn more about sinus surgery. I didn’t know that you shouldn’t do regular activities for about a week or two. I’m kind of interested to learn if this could depend on how intensive the surgery is or if this is just a good safety precaution to follow in general.

    Richard Heligman says May 26, 2018

    Should my daughter still have severe headache (migraine) 3 days after surgery? Anything she can do? Please help!

    Ramon Yglesias says July 16, 2019

    I have a bad infection in the sphenoid sinus and I’m in constant pain

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