Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Sinusitis Surgery


After sharing my sinus stories with some friends (surprisingly, it is quite common to have sinus). I decided to blog about my sinus journey. Hopefully, it helps those who are planning to go for sinus surgery or having sinus.

How it all started?
It's all started when I had bad flu for 2 months! Been to the clinic after completion of my antibiotics and numerous flu tabs which are not working and not getting any better. 


My symptoms
  • Drainage of a thick, greenish discharge from the nose or down the back of the throat
  • Nasal obstruction or congestion, causing difficulty breathing nose
  • Pain, tenderness and swelling around your eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead
  • Reduced sense of smell and taste 
  • Ear pain
  • Aching in your upper jaw and teeth
  • Cough, which may be worse at night
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue or irritability
  • Nausea
 Endoscopic Scan
The clinic issued me a referral letter. I met ENT Specialist, Dr Yeo Sek Wee at Prince Court Medical Centre. Had endoscopic scan, yes I saw those green discharge. It is blocking my nose! In case you wonder, how does it look like, here you go:
You will expect this visual. (this is not mine by the way, I just googled it)

Dr then recommend me to go for sinus surgery. Which, I have booked my slot in 2 weeks time.

2nd Opinion- CT Scan
I decided to go for 2nd opinion @ KPJ Damansara Specialist and met Dr Roslan Mahamud and he did a CT Scan. So here is what to expect, you will use that machine! (I've always thought this is meant for cancer patient. I was wrong).Total bill for Ct scan and consultation is RM1,000++

 So the image of the CT scan will look something like this. It will tell you which and how many sinus are effected. Again, this is not mine as I do not keep the images with me.

Dr then told me it is a CHRONIC SINUSITIS and he said I must have this for a long time ago! Tulang hidung pun bengkok and there's polips! Totally it is blocking all my nose system.

Immediately I texted my bestfriend who is a doctor
"Dd, I have chronic sinusitis and I have to undergo a surgery?"
She replied " Eh bukan dari sekolah dulu you memang ada sinus ke?"

*KrikKrik moments* Yes, I am a girl who always keep a tissue in my pocket. I can never live without tissue! So that reminds me I have this sinus problem since I was young.


 Medicine
So, while waiting for my surgery (2 weeks Q since doctor's schedule is quite packed). Dr gave me flu tabs & nasal spray. Aerius to be taken 1 x morning & 1 x night. Avamys is 1 x morning & 1 night.


2 days before Surgery-My final checkup
I had another endoscopic scan, to my surprise, all the thick greenish discharge is now clear! and looks better. Dr said there's improvement and I can actually continue my medicine and put the surgery on hold. He did mention that medicine is 20-30% recovery but surgery will be 99% recovery. Will it come back after the surgery? Most patient who did surgery will unlikely visit doctor again for medicine.

In my case, I can continue the medicine but I shouldn't be too dependant on the medicine as it will cause bad effects to the kidney in long term.

Dr Roslan said "dia ibarat lalang, dah potong pun akan ada chances utk tumbuh kembali". Therefore, medicine, watch your food (especially sambal belacan & seafood) and other things that could trigger sinus is important.


I am free from sinus!
I am glad that I gave medicine a chance and it actually took more than 2 weeks to improve. Alhamdullilah, praise to God, my sinus is gone ( I can say it's gone as I no longer needs a tissue and my nose is dry all the time). No headache, no pain. Nothing :)

If I remembered it clearly, aside of taking the medicine, I had yoga with Atilia and I went for urut session with Kak Nurul. I told them "im going for a sinus surgery, wish me luck ya"



My 2cents
Of course I had a long thought before I decided to go for surgery, I even say Bye to everyone in the office as I will undergo my surgery and will be away for medical leave for few days. Hahahahhahaaa. It's all now a false alarm.

Most people advised me not to proceed with the surgery. Some took advantage and promotes their MLM products. My judgement is simple, I still believe the doctors, as they are qualified for it (they spent 5 years or maybe more to be a specialist!) and I am sure they didnt simply get someone to go for a surgery. Plus, Dr actually diagnosed us and they know us better (especially the medical condition). My fear is that, if you skipped the doctor and things getting worse, at the end of the day you will still endup and look for them! 

Oh yes, before I end , the sinus surgery will cost you maximum RM20,000 maximum inclusive ward and etc. As quoted by Prince Court Medical and KPJ Damansara Specialist.
Thanks to Emily Lims who inspired me to create a post on this. I hope it will be a good sharing for everyone

3 comments:

arti said...

Hello! I have just visited to your website and i am super happy while reading this. Some blogs. Please keep updating with your point of view.

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F. Hilda said...

Hi Arti,

I am free from sinus now. I have stopped taking any medicine orally and no spray. :)

SaiKeerthi sudha said...

Enjoyed reading the post. Getting away from sinus depends on sinus specialist doctor I guess.