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Icon 1 posted January 19, 2007 12:15      Profile for DoctorWho     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Let me start from the beginning. In November I had a sleep study to determine if I have sleep apnea. The results of the study said I have a "mild" case of obstructive sleep apnea. Mild meaning that of the 5 stages of sleep I only go through 1, 2 and 5; 3 and 4 are the stages of restorative sleep. I also average 10 apneas an hour. My oxygen levels average 87% and go as low as 74%. Personally I consider this more than mild.

Anyhow a follow-up study was tried but I could not sleep with that CPAP machine. The doctor gave my nose a good look and without actually measuring said it looks like I only have one millimeter of air passage in the left nostril and three in the right. He told me to go see my ENT.

The ENT discussed the procedure with me and told me to take Afrin at night 2 hours before bed for a week. If that stopped my snoring and I felt rested, then I definitely needed the surgery. Today I went back to see him and my wife reports that I have never slept so quietly. I am definitely going to have my septum fixed. The ENT also said that I might want to consider having my uvula removed as well. I asked him if it was large, he said no, so I considered it and thought about two other people who had it done with their sinus surgery who have told me that it was painful. Considering the sleep doctor also said don't let the ENT operate on your throat for this, I think I will skip the removal of my uvula.

I go into surgery on Thursday February 15th. This works out great for me because I finish my class on the 12th and I won't have another until March 23rd. My wife and kids get off of work and school on the 16th and don't go back until the 21st due to the holiday.

Anyhow, has anyone here had their septum fixed and if so, how long did it take to recover.

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I didn't have my septum fixed, but I did have to have some over-grown bone removed following a fracture last spring (it was obstructing my left nostril, causing me to snore and have serious problems with drainage...I was also having issues with sleep, but never saw a doc over that). So take all of what I say worth a grain of salt, because it was a different situation and I also tend to heal fast.

It took about a week for the worst of the swelling to go away, and longer than that for the bruising to fade (I had the raccoon thing going on). The steristrips they put on my nose got really itchy after day three but I wasn't allowed to take them off - they were supposed to just fall off in ten days. On day nine they magically fell off in the shower (/me whistles innocently). Pain was a non-issue - it only hurt when I touched my nose - but everyone's different and YMMV. They gave me a bunch of Percocet, and made me take one of the pills at the hospital, even though I wasn't hurting. The come down was so nasty, and the post-op pain so non-existant, I didn't take anymore. For the first couple days, I really wanted to blow my nose but couldn't because I'd knock the clots out. I was also not allowed to sleep on my side or front, and I was too swollen to breathe through my nose at night and would wake up with my mouth as dry as dust. I had this done during the summer in CO, when the air is also dry as dust, so needless to say this part really sucked. But, like I said, after a week the worst was over, and after two weeks I was back to my normal life, more or less. I stayed out of martial arts classes until I could tap my face without screaming.

It took about three months for ALL of the swelling to go away (but, like I said, the worst was over within a week), and apparently that's a bit faster than normal. Since then I've been breathing easier, blowing my nose easier, snoring much less, and my sense of smell has improved (I hadn't even realized it had been affected until it got better). I also look more or less the same as I did before the bike wreck, which is nice. So for me it was worth it.

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While I've never had the procedure performed on me, I do have friends and family members who have had it. Pretty much, it's just out-patient surgery and really not a big deal, especially if they use laser.

I thought you were on an oil rig in the middle of the Gulf?

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I never did tell you about that. Unfortunately, they hemmed and hawed about it until they got to slow part of the year. In a nutshell, it fell through. It stinks but cest la vie.

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I don't know if the person i know had the same surgery as you are getting but they also had a small nasel passage. The surgery was apparently pretty simple but she suffered a lot of pain afterwords and couldn't do much for a couple days. But now everything is better and she can breath a lot better. good luck with the surgery and make sure to keep us posted - sorry to hear about the oil rig.

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Howdy 'Gator. Good to see you around a bit lately. Sorry to learn the oil-rig gig fell through and of your need for a bit of corrective surgery.

As far as the surgery goes, I have a brother who had a similar procedure done when he was in his 30's and a cousin who had one in his 40's. Neither seemed to suffer much in the post-op days and both received considerable relief in breathing, sleeping, etc.

Neither of them had to have any work done on their sinuses. I do know of people who have had their sinuses worked on who seemed to suffer a bit more after their procedures and one of them said it did not relieve the symptoms for which it was done.

Hope this helps. Good luck. [thumbsup]

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Thankfully nothing is wrong with the sinuses. I'm 37 so it's good to hear that your cousin was doing ok so soon. Thanks for the info.

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BTW, Craw, one of the big risks with nasal surgery is bleeding. I saw first hand what a mess post-op bleeding can be back when I was an EMT, and my doc was very nervous about that. In fact, he wouldn't shut up about it - it was almost like he wanted to scare me off! It would have been funny, except I knew almost as well as he did how serious the situation could get. So follow your ENT's advice, even if it is annoying. It's just temporary.

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Yeah he mentioned the bleeding. Trust me for the first five days barring natural functions and general cleanliness I will be eating sleeping and watching tv in my easy chair or bed. I know how bad nose bleeds can be; I was one of those kids who could get a nose bleed by breathing the wrong way.
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My husband gets nose bleeds frequently. We eventually traced the problem to low humidity in our apartment. Perhaps you'll want to ensure a good humidity level during recovery, either with a humidifier (although if they're not cleaned thoroughly and frequently, they'll do more harm than good by spewing mold and mildew into the air) or standing bowls of water.

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I had my septum straightened and sinuses fixed a few years ago. Not really sure that it actually changed too much, but I had fun with post-op bleeding.

The night I was in hospital I got up to go to the loo and just after I finished I started spewing up all the dead blood that had gone down into my stomach. I spewed black blood all over the bathroom and toilet, and frightened the shit out of myself and my mum.

The removal of the gauze plugs in my nose was so much fun...not. Then I had to deal with the constant changing of bolsters to catch the blood and ooze dripping out of my nose.

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Well I suffer from Sleep Aponea, but before I got a CPAP I was having around 40 incidents an hour. I basically was going through stages 1 and 5 and nothing else.

15 years without dreams and restorative sleep is not nice.

On another point, has anyone here had a gastric bypass because it looks as if I am going to have to have one, so I want to know more about it.

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Well tomorrow is the big day. I am scheduled to be at the hospital by 11am. I should be receiving anesthesia around noon and in recovery around 1pm. Unless something goes wrong I will be out of the hospital by 2:30. I plan to spend the next few days in bed watching movies. Wish me luck people.

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Good luck CrawGator! [thumbsup]

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good luck dude. Enjoy looking at the nurses [Smile]

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Good luck, and here's praying for a quick and uneventful recovery.

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Good luck, they got to mess with me this past summer. It'll be okay [thumbsup]

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I'll add my wishes for a successful surgery, a speedy recovery and a hot nurse. [Smile]

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Good luck!

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Good luck.
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Do let us know how it went.

Really.


I will tell you why once I hear back.

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Good luck!

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Good luck, and "enjoy [looking at] the nurses" seconded [Smile]
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Thanks everyone. I will be leaving in about 20 minutes. I will let you know how it went as soon as I am able.

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Well, I am only learning about it now, so while you're at the surgeon's mercy, I sincerly hope you're both doing well.

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