hey there, I just got finished with my "fangs", surgery was done at the Thomas Jefferson hospital in philly. dr david cognetti, (great guy and great crew working with him)
surgery #1 was the right side, may 31 2013, approx. 6.8 cm, I was out for 2.5 hours, post op, hardly any pain, and symptoms were better as soon as I woke up.
surgery #2 left side, july 8, approx. 6.3 cm. out for 2 hours, big difference in pain, that side was terrible, spent about 5 hours + in recovery before they got things to settle down enough to let me leave,
I also have issues with codeine products and morphine, the stuff they gave in the IV worked pretty good, but there were no pills that would touch it post op. just had to keep the ice packs going and tough it out for a while.
both sides had the incision healed up within 3 days, ( not sure how that worked out but it was great that it did )
also went with extra vitamin C, made sure to drink lots of cran to help flush out the kidneys, chocolate pudding, strawberry jello and apple sauce.
right now it has been just a little over one month since the second surgery, two months from the first, things are feeling great.
before I had pounding pulsing headache because the styloids had the juggler pinched off keeping the return flow from leaving my head properly, face, ear, eye, neck pain. spit gland under the right jaw was swelled up, jabbing in the neck when I coughed or yawned. coughing and gagging because the right styloid was connecting to the hyoid bone in the throat, lots of other things too.
post op, almost all of the bad stuff is better, blood pressure down a lot.
numbness in and around the incision on the left side but that will go away, right side already did.
some problem with ingrown hairs in the scar, just have to keep picking them and pulling them out
this Tuesday was my first day back to work, there are still some minor things hanging on and an occasional twitch from the incision but mostly all is good.
highly recommend dr cognetti and his team, they have helped lots of others on here, he listens and cares, that helped a lot because I had already been chasing the symptoms for about 12 years or so, then another year and a half after we found it, three other doctors locally just gave me the run around and kept racking up the office visits.
reading all the posts on this and other sites, it seems results vary from days to months. some have better luck with it than others, everyone reacts different. but you will never know until you give it a try.
with my results, I am glad I got it done and I am done with the stupid things......
not sure how comfortable I would be with the doc's and team not fully understanding what is going on, that was a big plus with the team that worked on me, they have done several and are very confident in what they are doing. cuts the pre op anxiety way down
good luck with what ever path you take.