Well, at 10:00am yesterday, I went under the knife and had my Septoplasty and reduction of turbinates. I had the surgery done privately through my company health insurance and attended the Nuffield Hospital in Bury St. Edmunds. They were fully aware of my OSA and took necessary precautions during surgery, keeping my airways clear. The surgery took 90 minutes and I woke up about 11:45am, feeling as if nothing had been done !
I couldn't believe how quickly I came round and how well I felt. I had a wedge of gauze taped under my nostrils but no packing, as my surgeon tries to not use it wherever possible to aid comfort and recovery. To be honest, the internal swelling was such that packing or not, I wasn't going to be breathing through my nose anytime soon. Basically, it felt like having a very bad cold and blocked nose, but without the other symptoms.
I was placed in the High Dependency Unit and had my blood pressure and oxygen saturation monitored every 15 minutes, then 30 minutes and finally, twice hourly intervals as the day progressed, but I was sat up in bed by 12:15pm and having a ham omelette for my lunch. I spent the rest of the day with a nurse by my side, either in the HDU or in my own room so I could watch TV.
About midnight, I felt like I might attempt to sleep, so I was hooked back up and the BP and O2 sats were set on automatic. Sadly, everytime I actually "dropped off", I woke back up about a minute later when an apnoea occured
This pattern went on throughout the night, interspersed with frequent trips to the loo, as I was drinking jug after jug of water or tea because my mouth was bone dry, being the only inlet for breathing. At about 5:00am, I got up and gave up trying to sleep and went back to my own room to watch TV.
After a hearty breakfast, a visit from my consultant and a delivery of drugs (Voltarol, Cocodamol & Nasal drops), I was discharged at 11:00am this morning and feel as well as can be expected. My nose is still congested, but the drops have improved that greatly. the end of my nose is uncomfortable but totally bearable and I can't wait till the swelling goes down and I can reap the benefits of a clearer nasal passage.
Ultimately, I am intrigued to see how this affects my OSA and the delivery of CPAP.
I now have just over 2 weeks off work to recover and an outpatients appointment in 11 days time to check everything is ok.
All in all, I feel good progress has been made,
If anyone reads this because they are having a similar procedure or think they may need it, take reassurance from me that it is nothing to fear.