I had my surgery on Sept. 30, 2020. I’ve since seen the doctor and read the report.
Just wondering if this has happened to anyone -
(from the report)
“The styloid process was identified on palpation. Instruments were used to remove the surrounding muscular attachments and periosteum. During the course of this, the thinned process was fractured and dislocated. This is a typical part of the procedure. Thereafter, it dislocated to a position that made it difficult to safely retrieve. Palpation was also attempted with a separate sterile glove through the mouth. Nonetheless, the portion of process that was fractured was not able to be visualized or palpated and, given that these maneuvers may themselves be therapeutic, it did not seem prudent to risk damaging adjacent structures.”
So . . . they don’t know where the broken piece of styloid is - they weren’t able to visualize it or retrieve it and it is still somewhere in my neck.
Have you ever heard of this happening?
Overall, they think that since the bone was moved, it will relieve the symptoms.
However, leaving the broken styloid process in my neck has a big psychological impact!! This has been 5 years and I thought surgery would improve it and now to think the styloid is still in there somewhere. I also have no idea how much fractured and how much styloid process is remaining.
I also have lingering effects from the surgery - i.e. numbness and difficulty opening my mouth.
Please send prayers and positive vibes.