Posted by: rene | 2011-05-20

Post-op care

my son aged 13 has had 2 sinus operations last year - 3 months apart as the 1st op was not successful. However, he is again blocked up and having difficulty beathing - he sounds like Darth Vader. Illian is often prescribed and helps while it is administered  but once the 5 days of treatment has passed, the congestion is back. what can I do as this is affecting his self-esteem, and he is really struggling!

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Dear Rene

It is not common practise to do sinus surgery on a child that young, as the nasal structures are still developing. Surgery is sometimes required in this age group, but the message is to be as limited as possible. Your son could have had a variety of procedures, from a sinus wash, to a gentle trimming of the turbinates to more extensive sinus surgery. It is important that you find out exactly what was done, and one would also like to make sure that he is not perhaps suffering from allergic rhinitis.
Illiaden is a short term solution to the problem of nasal congestion, and is helpful against the background of swelling secondary to infection.
If you are unsure about his current treatment regime, you should ask for a second opinion, to make sure all the options are covered.
If he is perhaps suffering from allergies, he may benefit from a topical nasal steroid spray on a more permanent basis. You should check all of this with your doctor.


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