Warning: gross stuff ahead.
I had a rather unpleasant experience with the surgery. I don’t want to discourage you or frighten you, because I understand that my experience is very unusual, and that typically the surgery is very routine and painless. But I think it’s fair to warn you that this sort of thing can happen.
I had chronic nasal congestion that was diagnosed as acute sinusitis. Treatment with medication didn’t help much, so my ENT recommended the surgery. I agreed.
They asked me to choose whether I wanted a local or general anaesthetic. I chose a local because I understand it’s safer. I went in for the surgery and, during the procedure, felt nothing.
Then I woke up. I felt like I had been hit by a truck. Turns out that they had started by giving me a local anaesthetic, but I was still too restless, so then they hit me with a general, as well. I had a huge headache and was woozy from the drugs. I could barely walk. They kept me in the hospital for a few hours, during which time I puked up the blood I had swallowed during the surgery.
So, my parents brought me home. I was all right except for the fact that I had this packing stuffed up my nose, which was very uncomfortable. Trouble was, there was still lots of blood trickling down from my sinuses and going down my throat. The blood would clump in my throat and I would have to either swallow it or try to hack it up (I warned you this would be gross). Very disgusting and very unpleasant.
Then, about 2 days after the surgery, the packing in my nose started slipping out. The packing was sort of like tampons for your nose. Well, one of these bloody nasal tampons started to slide out. I had to either pull it the rest of the way out or try to push it back in. Pushing it back in hurt like hell so I pulled it out. Incorrect decision. I started bleeding like crazy. There were only 2 things I could do: lean my head back, which would allow blood to trickle down my throat, or lean it forward, which would allow the blood to drip out. Not wanting to swallow a steady stream of blood, I leaned forward and let the blood drip out. Drip, drip, drip, drip, drip. It wouldn’t stop. Blood everywhere. Eventually my family and I decided that this was bad and they took me to the ER.
I sat in the ER bleeding for like two hours while they tried to track down one of the interns who had worked with the surgeon on my surgery. They did, and the intern had them shove a new piece of packing up my nose. While I was not sedated. Now, the packing was significantly thicker than my nostrils and that hurt like all fucking hell. But they got it in there and the bleeding stopped.
That was the worst of it. Over a few days, the blood running down from my sinuses gradually slowed and then stopped. They took the packing out. For the next few weeks I had to use this spray nozzle thing to squirt this disinfecting solution up my nose. I also had to use this dreadful prescription nasal spray. I continued to have occasional nosebleeds but they were not as bad. After a few weeks, I was able to breathe through my nose.
Now, 8 years after that nasty experience, I’m glad I had it done. I still get congested frequently, but overall I’m much better than I was before the surgery, when I was congested all the time. During the spring and summer, except when allergies strike, I can breathe pretty clearly.
So, that’s my story. Again, I don’t want to discourage you from having your son get the surgery, because I’m sure my experience is not typical. But be aware that complications may happen and there may be quite a bit of bleeding. Ask your doctor about what it will be like after the surgery and the kind of complications that can arise. We didn’t and we were totally unprepared for it.