I had my left styloid removed externally today with Dr. D Cognetti. Yeeh!
5 hours post-surgery and surprisingly feeling great! I know it can be tricky after anesthesia, but so far I don’t have any first bite syndrome, irritated nerves, or inflammation and swollen. Almost no pain, only little on one side when swallow, similar to when have tonsillitis. Actually I felt much worse last year when get removed my impacted wisdom tooth under local anesthesia.
I was more afraid of general anastesia than surgery itself, never had it before. But I got so relaxed and calm in preparation room. Im sure there is not only electrolytes in these dropper bag that they give before surgery
While waking up from anastesia I had a lot of jokes in my head. When my wife and kid came into recovery room, I pretended like I don’t recognize them
Took a couple miles wallk from hospital to train station, had my late night breakfast, now heading back to NYC, have some ice on a side just in case. I know i shouldn’t overdo, but…
Can’t say anything about my ES symptoms yet, it was more vascular, and I don’t wanna test them now.
I’m also surprised that incision was made much smaller and lower on neck than I expected (picture attached). I don’t know how Dr. Cognetti get removed my full left styloid from that far. Looks like some interesting surgical technic, nothing close to what I’ve seen on videos or read descriptions in paper about external approach. I’ll ask doctor about it when have my post-op checkup.
Removed styloid appeared to be shorter than I expected 38mm instead of 55mm that was mesured by radiologist. But looks like it was removed completely (on picture attached I can see base of the styloid), and radiologist overestimated it.
I’ll make updates about how recovery goes.
Thank you all for your support. The list of ES doctors made on this forum brought me to a great experienced in ES surgeon!