I am now 12 days past my transoral, bilateral styloidectomy performed in Portland, Oregon by Dr. Baber Khatib of Head & Neck Surgical Associates. Tonsils were NOT removed.
Pain is minimal and now controlled with 400 mg of ibuprofen every 6-8 hours and ice packs twice a day. Back to work yesterday. Days 3-5 were difficult. Inflammation began to really reduce around day 7, when I could start eating and drinking more.
As the swelling reduces, I can already tell what a world of difference this surgery has made! Migraines and nearly constant ‘tingling’ pressure on the base of my skull is gone; pressure under right ear/pressure on throat is reduced; increased range of motion when rotating head; and swallowing is so much easier! I wonder if this will make a difference on my vascular health, too. I honestly didn’t realize how bad it was until it was resolved…if that makes any sense whatsoever!
Please feel free to message me if you have any questions, or just need someone to talk to as you go through your journey!
And if anyone is looking for a surgeon in the Pacific Northwest, please look into Dr. Khatib! I live in Spokane and he was well worth the drive. He’s been specially trained by Dr. Eric Dierks, who is now semi-retired.