An update for everyone:
I made another appointment to see Dr. Futran on Feb 12th. I have learned so much from here and have realized I have a million questions and concerns that only he can answer. I know he is an excellent surgeon , but I need to look out for myself.
To recap: (For your enjoyment, I have had fun with emojis)
I was scheduled to have a intraoral bilateral tonsillectomy and bilateral styloidectomy.
When I first met with him I was just so excited he believed me I just scheduled it. Since then, I brought in another CT scan that had a much better view of extensive calcification on my stylohyoid ligament.
I thought it might be helpful to post what my questions and concerns are so others can keep them in mind:
- Will he remove the stylohyoid ligament completely?
Question if this ligament is attached at the tip of the styloid bone how could he NOT remove it? Would he reattach it if it wasn’t calcified somewhere else?
- I have severe misgivings about having both styloids removed at the same time, along with the tonsillectomy. Reading about the removal of just one styloid and the accompanying swelling in the throat- I want to be on the safe side and be able to breathe
The tongue clamp also causes swelling.
I am pretty certain I did not give him a list of my main symptoms. Specifically, hyoid and resulting pain patterns from that.
It appears from everyone’s knowledge here that nerves can not be monitored intraorally. Is there new technology? Dr. Futran mentioned there has been significant improvement for intraoral surgeries just in the past year, but I want more specifics.
What is the post op plan? My pain doctor wants me to remain in the hospital for at least 24 hours - she would do that even if I only had my tonsils removed. She really doesn’t have a grasp of what a styloidectomy entails. I want zero confusion, a bed open there for me.
I am going to have thorough bloodwork done next Tuesday. I have been mostly bed bound for almost a year and have gained 20 pounds. I need to rule out things like pre diabetes and anything else. If I have any issues, he needs to know.
Not applicable to anyone but me:
[I also have a bad TMJ injury from a fall. Doh! It resulted in a big change in my bite (brought the mandible (lower jaw) forward. This past Monday I asked my jaw specialist to look at it again.
Results: My TMJ joint - the ball was moved forward mostly out of the socket and has not healed I can still open and close my mouth because it moved forward, not sideways. It will heal eventually by not chewing hard food, which I haven’t had in years.
So, keeping my jaw open during surgery: could it damage the joint further?]
Edit: Thank you for everyone asking about my dad after his bicycle accident. He has a pelvis fracture and 3 hip fractures . He had a checkup- he will not need surgery, he is at home resting. He should be able to start walking on his own in 8 weeks. Hopefully he will be back to cycling in 3-4 months.
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