The sensation of sinus problems is a blocked nose. It is a bit like having a heavy cold when your sense of smell has gone and you feel awful. It is important that you do not shrug your shoulders and think it is a cold if it happens regularly and is persistent.
There are some simple solutions when it comes to sinus problems. One of them is the use of non prescription nasal sprays though they should not be used beyond the instructions on the spray itself. Antibiotics are an answer if the reason is bacterial with a course of perhaps 14 days sufficient to sort things out.
The surgical route
The last resort is sinus surgery which is necessary to treat chronic sinusitis that medication has been unable to relieve. The result of surgery will be the enlarging of the passageways to ease the flow of mucus fluid.
You need to prepare yourself for surgery. You should talk to your doctor to identify the time you need to stop any medication before the scheduled operation date. This will include any medication that might think the blood for example. Closer to the date you can liaise with a nurse who will tell you when you must stop eating or drinking often the day before.
Prior to any operation any risks will be discussed; that is perfectly normal and not intended to cause you any extra anxiety. Your surgeon and doctor need to know if there is any family history of allergies.
It is a common procedure that can be done without your being hospitalised. It is normal to go in during the morning and be released later the same day. You can either have a local anaesthetic or opt for a general. While in recent times a balloon has been used in operations it is still early days and the use of an endoscope has been the most commonly used method. It allows the surgeon to see the problem in the nasal cavities and take appropriate action to remedy any blockages.
There is no longer any need for external work and the channels that the surgeon opens up should be the permanent solution that a patient needs. Once you are discharged you will need to take things easily for a few days before you resume your normal daily routine.
You should make sure that another adult is around over the next 24 hours and you should avoid needing to do anything that requires you to be alert. You certainly shouldn’t drive. You are likely to bleed a little but that should not cause you any undue concern. You should try to stay upright and possibly you will need to breathe out of your mouth rather than through your nose.
You will get something on prescription to dull any pain and of course in the event of problems you should call for help. Problems are rare for such a common and standard procedure.
It will be a few weeks before things are completely back to normal but there should be little discomfort during those weeks and in the long term your sinusitis should be cured.