I’m back with an update. I had my surgical consult yesterday and I’m booked for a styloidectomy on 3/31 in Chicago. Again, the doctor specializes in head, neck, and cancer surgeries so I’m feeling pretty confident. Both intra-oral and external approach along with a more conservative approach was considered. She feels confident in the external approach in an effort to minimize infection risk and also due to the fact that I have large tonsils (she didn’t suggest needing to remove just indicated large tonsils would make it harder for visibility purposes). She was open to both options!
She offered a ton of re-assurance, said the incision would be done along my neck crease line, and would offer suggestions on scar healing to make it even less visible upon completion. She said I could go home that afternoon depending on how I’m feeling or the next morning if I wanted. She thinks recovery could be no longer than a week and could return to work (I work from home during COVID) if I wanted sooner. She’s left me hopeful and I’m praying this provides relief. She will be using monitors during the procedure to help visibility around nerves, arteries, etc. I will plan to take additional time off work if needed to not rush this recovery.
I’ve taken some time off work that week and will be recovering with family at a nice nearby hotel post-surgery to help try and make an unfortunate situation a tad better. I will then make my way home to hopefully see more results.
At this point, thinking about the scar and how it will appear and the 2.5hr surgery but hopeful that this is the “beginning of the end” which were the doctors exact words. Does anyone have an update on how long scar healing took for them?
I plan to share an update post-surgery for others who may need a Chicago doctor recommendation assuming all goes well!