Balloon sinuplasty questions

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   Posted 2/14/2015 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm having a balloon sinuplasty in a week. I'm looking forward to the end of my sinus problems. However, I have a few questions for people who have actually had it done. I asked the nurse when she called to give me instructions, but I kind of want to hear it from someone who isn't trying to sell me on it.

1. I have a wake the day of and a funeral the day after my procedure. Will I be feeling well enough to attend?

2. Pain and recovery: How was the pain afterward? I'm getting valium, but I'm seeing people saying they took vicodin before hand. They didn't say anything about needing a strong painkiller. The nurse just said to take tylenol. I'm starting to get worried that just tylenol won't cut it. Should I ask for something stronger, or do I not need it?

3. Did the procedure fix your issues?

I appreciate any feedback!

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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 2/17/2015 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum.

No, you will NOT be well enough to go anywhere the next day and you'll have that awful looking bloody drip pad under your nose. You drip blood for a few days! The doc puts a plastic tube in each side of your nose which has to be pulled out and hurts. Also there is usually a bunch of packing that feels like it goes right to your throat.

Make sure you get a prescription for a good pain med before you leave after the procedure! You'll need it for at least a few days. More like a week or two. They break bones with those balloons! Look up how it works! Tylenol will definitely NOT help at all even if you take enough to wreck your liver.

The procedure didn't fix my chronic sinus infections. It made them worse. The doc didn't fix my septum, so it still partially covers the maxillary sinus on one side, keeping that one from draining well. The maxillary sinuses drain upward, so if you get infections there it's hard to get them cleaned out. I use saline sinus wash daily to try to keep it to a minimum.

Why are you having this? I consider it a last resort or something you do to correct a broken nose that's causing problems - which I had.

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