Anyone have an experience with Balloon Sinuplasty?

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TGandJsMom
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   Posted 11/13/2013 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Dr put me down for a balloon sinuplasty in a couple weeks prior to an endolymphatic shunt procedure.

I don't mind the surgery, it is a means to an end, but he wants to do it IN OFFICE.
AWAKE. And I am terrified.

I am high anxiety and I don't think I can do this.

Anyone have stories, suggestions?

Alcie
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   Posted 11/13/2013 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I had it, but in hospital! I wouldn't have this in an office!!! This a truly awful procedure, even though if you need it, you need it. Do you really? Look it up!
There's a pretty long recovery and you're miserable. Nose is held open with nasty plastic stents, lots of packing. You go home with a gauze "mustache" to catch the excess bleeding. Pain meds don't help much.

I had a choice of the clinic downstairs where they do this - line up the patients up like sheep. No thanks. I wanted to be where they could at least deal with complications. But in office? Not in my dreams!

This did not stop my chronic sinus infections. It does make it possible to wash out the sinuses more thoroughly. It's not possible to get saline rinse into the original tiny holes. But the maxillary drainage is still upward, so I have to lie down to get them to drain after rinsing.

I presume the doc is planning on placing the tube from the shunt into your sinus area. Ask about the possibility of germs getting up into it. I wouldn't have this because I continue to have frequent sinus infections.

Isn't there anything else left to try for the original problem? I'm not even anxious and this would scare me.

PS: if you are rinsing sinuses, or will need to in the future: Don't use tap water. Brain-eating amoeba has been found in tap water as far north as Wisconsin. I use only distilled.

TGandJsMom
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   Posted 11/13/2013 9:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I think maybe I worded that badly. He is doing the ballon sinuplasty in office. I have to have it done several weeks before the endo shunt.
The shunt will be done in the hospital, but the sinuplasty will be done in the office.

I am terrified of the balloon thingy in the office. I don't want to be awake for any of that... shots in my nose, the crunching noises, blood, etc. I am nauseous just thinking about it.
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Alcie
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   Posted 11/14/2013 12:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, you worded it just fine. I didn't have the shunt, only the sinuplasty. I wouldn't have either in an office.
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