Okay, all of you experts, and life-experience folks out there-I am scheduled to have septoplasty and turbinate surgery WITH
nasoantral windows and maxillary sinus surgery. This is all supposed to happen on Monday, Dec. 3.
I, usually a quite matter-of-fact person, went for my preop today, and got quite an education. My doctor said that this would be a surgery that would allow me to RTW the next day, and that I probably would need only Tylenol for pain. Today I was told to plan on at least a 23-hr admit, probable IV pain medication (MSO4), a good 7-14 days recovery time, nasal irrigation 6-8x/day for up to 3 mos., and a weight lifting limit of 15 lbs. for up to 6 weeks. Yeesh!
What am I getting into?
Please, any of you ENT nurses, and anyone who has ever had this type of surgery, give me an idea of what to expect. Being of ER and Occ Med background, I've never dealt with this kind of stuff, except when someone began to bleed, post-op. I sure would appreciate any education and information.
Thanks, from someone who got a little knock-kneed when she read the part in the surgical permit about the brain being seperated from the sinuses by a "paper-thin bone." I knew that, but there it was, in black and white, and I SIGNED it, giving them permission to go in there and play!