Patient Comments: Sinus Surgery - Recovery

Question:How long was the recovery period of your sinus surgery?

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: 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: 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.


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