Hello everyone and thank you for all the thoughts and prayers before my surgery. I have to admit I think I came out exceptionally well compared to others who have had extra oral ES surgery. My surgery was done by Dr Samji at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Gatos, CA. I flew in from Idaho not really knowing what to expect and being prepared for the worst. However I ended up with very little surgery pain (and I don’t tolerate pain well) and a small 1-2" incision. Because this was considered a neurological surgery they put me in ICU afterwards for the night, which seemed to be overkill, but the care was excellent so how can i complain
I took 3 percocet while in the hospital, the last as I was leaving and have been able to just take Tylenol since then.
Dr Samji was able to take the majority of the calcified ligament out in one piece and then a small piece the was compressing on the carotid artery. He said it was like a blade and compressing the glossopharyngeal nerves and should be about 6 weeks before the nerves decompress and pain goes away. Unfortunately he couldn’t give me the little “bugger” or take any photos - I so wanted to be able to show the docs back here, who have no idea what ES is or what was happening or removed. Can only hope his records to my PC are REALLY descriptive.
I still have lots of original pain when I step or sit down that runs up the back of my head, but hoping this will be gone in 6 weeks. Interesting thing is I am now feeling the Left side much more than I did before. Just hoping I can make it another year before having to venture back to good old CA and have that side done.
Thanks to everyone again for all their support, encouragement and information.