Hello eagle members,
I had my intraoral styloid surgery, Thursday, July 25th at UPMC with Dr. Carl Snyderman. Dr. Snyderman is a very kind, easy going surgeon who diagnosed me with eagles a year ago. He is a neurologist/throat specialist and I felt very comfortable asking him to do my surgery. The surgery took one hour with a three hour recovery time (I sometimes have bad reactions to drugs). I was also released the same day but was really doped up and uncoordinated and not able to post anything. The next couple of days were rough with my right side of the throat hurting as well as my jaw and right ear. It hurt to swallow, talk, drink water and take medicine. The pain is similar to having your tonsils out except a bit worse in my experience. It is getting better with every day that goes by though. I have hope that everything is going to be just fine. We'll see in a month or so.
I had my post-op appointment with Dr. Snyderman, Monday July 30th. He checked me and said I was healing o.k. We went over the surgery results and he told me that he took out 2 1/2 cm of styloid bone that was curving inward toward my spine. He was as surprised as me about that because he told me that in the 3D CT Scan the end of the right styloid was hard to distinguish. He said it was very close to the spine. I was kind of stunned by that. I knew my symptoms had gotten worse through the year but didn't expect that. I guess that is why I had all those strange symptoms. Sometimes they need to have an eyes view on what is going on because scans don't always pick up on important details. I am lucky to have that curved viperbone cut out and relieved that it didn't pierce my spinal cord.
I still have a way to go before I know how many of my symptoms will diminish. After I have more time to recover, I will post on my progress. I just wanted to share my first hand experience with the hope of being able to help someone who has questions about the surgery and the after effects. Again I want to thank my eagle friends who gave me all their advice and support on what to expect after having styloid surgery. You guys are the best! I sincerely wish to all eagle syndromes sufferers the best of luck in whatever medical decision you make now or in the future. Take care and God bless!
Viperbone w/o her curved bone