Had revision surgery with Dr. Hackman yesterday morning. He and his team removed both styloids to skull base through small incisions around my ears. Both were about 3 cm long and moderately fat. Right side was impinging internal carotid artery and left side was compressing internal jugular vein.
Dr. Hackman is a truly amazing surgeon. I had previously had my styloids “removed” intra-orally by another surgeon, who just snapped off 2 skinny cm. I visited with him after surgery several times, not knowing so much was left behind. I still had symptoms and he said they were my ‘new normal.’
After 2 years of worsening dizziness, migraines voice loss and exhaustion I called and requested a CT scan, which showed 3.1 cm styloids on both sides, and vascular involvement. My IJV was measured at 2 mm, but looked completely crushed on the CT. Original doctor said further surgery was too risky.
I visited another surgeon in Florida who agreed to do the surgery. It took so long to get an appointment to see him I had given up and sent a package of information directly to Dr. Hackman’s office. They called back within 24-hours to schedule a consult, and I had surgery yesterday morning. I already feel great.
Thank you Jules and Isiah for all you do, and for others who have posted their experiences. This group has saved my life!