(Left styloid/ligament removed….. 30 mm……external approach 10/28/13 by Dr. Samji)
This was my experience……His entire team was awesome and treated me (& family) very well. (both before and after surgery)
******Special note for those who wear a jaw splint ( I do)******
They let me wear it right up until I was wheeled in. I brought my case and they put a sticker on it and put it in my clothes bag. They let me have it (the splint) back right after I woke up. ( I asked for it).
He said he had to put my head/neck in such a way as to keep it off my carotid and he had to stretch a nerve ( not sure which one) in order to remove it.
First week was the roughest…. but doable
Less dizzy when I woke up from surgery then when I went in (very flared up and had spins that
Tender at incision site and swelling.
He had to do more than anticipated so it is 2 inches (instead of 1 to 1 1/2 in.)
Swollen and numb from behind ear down to mid throat /across to almost chin. (had bruising from
jaw to collarbone)
Tongue numb….mid way back…. left side (was before surgery)
Expected to have pain in/near jaw and around ear. (pulsing noise in left ear louder/ but no pain….
Had pain near hyoid bone/voice box area instead.
Soreness when swallowing off and on the first couple of days. (worst on first day- probably from
Felt better once the pressure bandage was off ( do not remove steri- strips)
Ate soft foods (easy to chew and swallow)
Ear (left) was crackling off and on but still plugged. (has only opened approx 10 times in the last 4
Right ear was having the pinching/ ice pick sensation (never had it on this side before surgery……
always on left)
Ended up icing (frozen bag of peas) both sides separately and with time in between.
Ringing in both ears …………..but left side was definitely quieter than before surgery.
Itching at incision site
Had some lightheadedness, off balance and dizzy spells (but no worse then before surgery)
Expected a lot worse!
Felt a different kind of tingling along bottom of jaw…..more like vibration/ a few bees under skin.
(Nurse & Dr said it was normal. Nerves waking up)
Hardest part for me was sleeping.
Breathing better (left side)
Shoulder is less tight/ more relaxed on left side. (did have a couple of muscle spasms in front- left
side of throat…..just like before surgery)
Noticed more energy…Surprisingly! (overdid it a couple of times and paid for it)
Some swelling (and bruising) have gone down.
Numb from jaw to incision site and across to under chin.
Tongue is still numb….. left side….. mid way back. (was before surgery)
Ear (left) still plugged but threatening to open. Can feel air in and around ear….. Weird!!
Ear (left) still ringing……. but still quieter than right.
Right ear getting twinges off and on (but not painful) this week. ( didn't happen in this ear before
Had vertigo while looking down flight of stairs.
Had very rough first time in car (since surgery) going to post op and after (spins, motion
sensitivity….was a problem before surgery as well).
Had my last (hopefully) seeing "stars"( the sparkly kind in upper/ sides of vision) incident same
day after getting out of car. (exhausted/day 8)
(just realized that last one…. Thanks Tee and Todd for mentioning it :) Tested it yesterday…..by
bending over to pick something up off of floor) Yay!!
Samji said he had to remove a big lymph node (first time I heard about it) and it was benign..
Thank God!! :)
He said between the two (the bone and the lymph node) what wasn't being pressed on?!
He told me to keep my eyes open while in the car now to help send the right messages to my
brain. (haven't driven in 3 1/2 yrs….can barely be a passenger)
Also said to start massaging scar in downward motion at 2 week mark and apply aloe vera &
Did better once home and got more sleep.
Having some lightheadedness and balance issues……however seems like less. YAY!!!
Still breathing better.
Noticed more energy …..blew it again and did too much a couple of times.
REST…. REST…. REST :)
Vision is getting sharper….. Like when you get a new glasses- contact prescription….Surprised
and grateful (but a bit nauseating too)!
More swelling ( and bruising) have gone away.
Numb along jawline to just under incision site now.
Tongue numb but starting to feel different…… kinda icy/ hot
Left ear still feels plugged but ringing quieter still.
Still having some lightheadedness and feeling wobbly.
Vision seems sharper still ( I was able to read a clock on my oven from my couch….about 35
feet away..... couldn't do that before surgery)
Getting more range of motion (neck) Can't go all the way side to side yet……swelling and incision
start pressing in and feels uncomfortable.
Having more energy still and trying to do more without overdoing it.
Went for a short walk and been doing more around the house. (had a sedentary lifestyle before…
so it's a start) Was good at holding the couch down :)
Last couple of days………
Been going up and down stairs looking down….. even with out holding on and not spinning!!
Yawned last night and my left ear opened up for a few seconds (hurt like crazy) then closed.
Woke up this morning and my tongue isn't as numb as before (feels like right before the novocaine
wears off but no pins and needles).
Sorry this is soooo long……… should've updated before now but was afraid of jinxing myself ! :)
Thanks for all of the support and prayers :)