Sorry for not posting sooner. It’s a good thing. Been at work since day 2 and recovering beautifully thank God. HUGE improvements everyday. No pain meds except for reg Tylenol & ice on day 1 only. Slept upright only on night 1, with the help of this incredible travel pillow & Benadryl.
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Swallowing was extremely painful on day 1 & 2. My guess is that even though I was very careful to ask for an attending physician to intubate, & asked for the minimum size tube (6.5), the s/h was in the way so he prob had to push through the vocal tract causing some trauma. Will confirm this w Dr on my telemed appt on tues. Nothing that time won’t heal
As previously posted, the immediate relief was the disappearance of swooshing sounds in the submandibular area and of course the disappearance of sharp base of skull/neck spasms. For many other symptoms, (mostly throat & vocal), I will have to wait till the rest of the swelling goes down.
On day 3 (maybe a bit premature), I went for a lymphatic drainage massage. OMG it helped so much with draining fluids. Def recommended. Bandage came off that night and here’s a pic of the scar healing. Pogonophiles rejoice
I realize that many post op peeps disappear from here and life just might make me do the same, so I’m posting my email address for all who would like to reach out with any specific questions. To review, my situation was a 5.5cm s/h process and calcified ligament attached to hyoid. External surgery w Dr. Cognetti was on Jul 8 2019.
Wishing you all the very best!