The New ENT
December 18, 2007
December 18, I went to see a new ENT at a large teaching hospital. He said that I was raw and infected. He asked if the surgeon had done any cleaning or prescribed an antibiotic. I said he had not. He prescribed two antibiotics—Bactroban and Augmentin.
He looked at the surgery reports. He seemed upset when he saw that the surgeon had done a Caldwell-Luc. I later read that the Caldwell-Luc is an obsolete surgery, except in cases where all other sinus surgeries have failed. http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/smd/RAD/neurocases/Neurocase238.htm .
It can permanently destroy mucosa, and cause facial paralysis. Dr. S. had drilled large holes into the cheekbones of a 55-year-old woman in order to perform his unnecessary surgery. This is an age where women are rapidly losing bone, and often taking medications to preserve it.
Dr. F. gave me a NeilMed lavage bottle to use for my saline irrigations. He was unhappy that I had been using a bulb syringe. He said they cannot be cleaned properly and they harbor mold. I realized that I would be irrigating twice a day, now, for the rest of my life—me–a person who had never had a sinus problem in her life before this “medical” intervention.