Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sinus and Larynx Surgeries: The Next Day

Well, for those of you who read my last few posts, I would like to say: I have survived my surgery. We arrived at the hospital at 8:00 am. The nurse at the admittance desk told me that my surgery would be at 11:30. Too bad no one called me the night before to let me know that. Then, we could have gotten up at a reasonable time. Oh well. They took me back to the pre-operative area about 11:15. I did not go back to surgery until almost 12:45. The surgery was done by about 2:00, and I was out of recovery by 3:00.

I'm none the worse for the wear, I suppose. My nose is a little bloody, and my throat is pretty sore. Based on how it feels, my nose should be better in a few days, and I'm hoping my throat will start feeling better by Thursday. The bleeding in my nose should clear up with saline and time. Hopefully, I won't have to worry about my sinuses for a while (since they got cleared out).

I go back to see the doctor next Tuesday, the 21st. He should be able to tell me how the sinus clearing went, and he should give me the results of the biopsy from the neoplasm on my vocal fold. He said that it did not look malignant, but they would not know for sure until they run a biopsy. I should know more next week.

I'm glad that the surgery was pretty easy. I haven't had to take too much medication for pain management, yet. I went ahead and had a full day back at work today, if that lets you know how I am feeling.

I'll post my biopsy results once I find out what they know. See you next time!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sunday, June 12, 2011

It is one day before my surgery. Tomorrow I get to go in and have some procedures done. Here is what my doctor's orders say:

I have been informed of the risks, possible alternative methods of treatment, and possible consequences involved in the treatment by means of:
  • Functional endoscopic sinus surgery
  • Laryngoscopy with biopsy
under the general anesthesia for the relief of:
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Neoplasm Larynx

That's just the fancy way to say that they found a growth on one of my vocal folds (observed through visual means) and that my CT revealed that my sinus cavities were full of junk (thanks to the CT scan). The doctor will be removing the growth from the vocal fold, and he will have it sent off for biopsy to make sure it is benign. He will also go in and vacuum out (or flush out) my sinus cavities and give me a fighting chance against my allergies (at least for a little while).

As of this morning, I do not have a time for my surgery, yet. They hospital is supposed to call me this evening and give me instructions. We will drop off Hannah with Jenny's mom, and then we will head to the hospital to be bored for a while, then surgery, then back home (yippie).

My only real questions for the doctor will be to ask him if he recommends any antibiotics to fight off lingering infection (now that the growth will be gone). I'm also going to try to ask about post-operative care (what to do and not to do) and if I will need any pain medication. The surgery itself sounds pretty simple, so that should not be an issue.

The last time this doctor operated on me, for my deviated nasal septum, I remember more of the overall day than any other previous surgery. It was interesting to have to get on the surgical table myself, and then to be awake for almost the whole hour of "post-operative observation". (And yes, grammar nerds, I have chosen to go with the more British use of the period outside of the quotation marks. I believe that everyone in America will start doing this, eventually.)

So, that's all that I have for today. If you remember me tomorrow, I could use your prayers. I would ask that the doctor would do his job well, and that my recovery would be quick and easy. See you all next time!