I am new here, although I have seen this forum many times during my search for relief and help. It was actually here that I came across Dr.Cognetti's name. He ended up doing surgery (the external approach) on January 10th. He and him team are great. I have been more than happy with the care I received and Dr.Cognetti is incredibly knowledgeable and skilled. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone.
As I said, I am a week out from surgery. I actually had to have my left styloid AND a small portion of my hyoid bone removed. My styloid was very close to my spine and the hyoid bone was rubbing against my spine as well when I would turn my head to the left and swallow. Dr.Cognetti was the only doctor of many that made the connection with my hyoid bone causing problems.
For those having gone through the experience, how long was recovery time? I still have swelling right under my jaw area and around the incision. It is quite sensitive to touch and my jaw on that side is stiff and seems a little "off" like it doesn't want to open the way it used to. Yawning hurts, partly because I think I am hurting the muscles by trying NOT to open my jaw so much. I know Dr.Cognetti did not do much moving around of my jaw so it doesn't have anything to do with that. I am hoping it is just swelling and irritation on that side? Did anyone else with the external approach have jaw pain after surgery? Did it resolve? I DO have pretty bad TMJ disorder...but never had pain upon chewing, opening my mouth, or yawning prior to surgery. The other thing is my neck feels VERY tight on the side of surgery and I know the muscle near the incision feels pretty inflamed and swollen. Dr.Cognetti felt like all of this would resolve with time and I felt good about that, but it would be good to hear from others who have gone through it!!!
Has anyone else had to have their hyoid bone cut? I feel like that is something I haven't seen too often on the forum?
Thanks for any feedback you all could provide!