Thanks Jules and Isaiah.
These pix are Day 10 and the swelling has gone done considerably. Unfortunately these pix highlight my age and wrinkles. I havent needed to ice in 2 days. My only complaint is still the left jaw area and stiffness I feel when I open my mouth in tmj region. Im still avoiding chewing much that requires hard biting . Although I can open my mouth wider the stiffeness/soreness remains constant. I just try and stretch often throughout the day. I have found a combination of a wedge pillow along with the L or U shaped pillow suggested here to work great and very comfortable.
I remain lucky that I have not had any residual face drooping, tongue or swallowing issues like others after surgery. I have had little significant pain after 2 days from surgery although I do know the steriods have helped alot. You are given them in surgery and then 12 day taper after surgery. I obtained my operative report from the surgery and it took me about 1/2 hour looking up terms so I understood what was done to me. Alot of care was done to protect the nerves and arteries. Given Dr. Samji has performed about 500+ of these procedures over the years, its still amazing what he was able to accomplish in under 2 hours and then pushed out the door to go home from an outpatient procedure. I can only suggest to others to do your due diligence on the experience of the doctor/surgeon you have perform these procedures. It is worth the extra $$ to travel to get the most experienced surgeon and best care available to you and hopefully the best outcomes. Do you really want a doc who has limited experience cutting into your cranium and sensitive facial nerves?
Hope my posts help others. Im so thankful this blog was here and led me to the information I needed to get the proper diagnosis and care.
Officially the procedure performed was “Left posterior mini subocciptal craniectomy with resection of styloid bone and decompression of glossopharyngeal nerve”. Official pre and post op diagnosis was Left glossopharyngeal neuralgia and Left Eagles syndrome. My research on the glossopharyngeal neuralgia led me to some new and technical information I found very interesting. I will try and post for those that like the deep dives of information.