Had The Surgery
I just wanted to post my story since I couldn't find many stories from people who had had the surgery before I had it, and I was curious about what to expect. I had about 2 cm of my styloid process/ligament removed 2 and a half months ago. At this point, I feel like the healing is somewhat ongoing. I have a little achiness when I yawn, and some occasional discomfort in my ear, but for the most part I'm back to normal. No big successes for reducing headaches or neck pain (I did have a whiplash injury, which may have led to the Eagle's) but I no longer have the feeling of a lump in my throat or a chronic cough. The recovery was longer than the week that I expected but it wasn't so bad. I would say liquids for almost a week, then soft foods for another week (noodles, eggs, etc.) I couldn't really chew for maybe 3 weeks- nothing that required a lot of force, it would hurt my jaw. I had surgery through the internal route. I didn't have any serious complications, but I did get a little bit of thrush. I would recommend drinking some yogurt/probiotic drinks in the days after the surgery because the combination of antibiotics, being intubated, and not eating or drinking much for a few days can sometimes cause thrush. I was considering having the other side done too, it's elongated just not as much as the right side was, but I think now that I won't. The first side really needed to be done, it was protruding into my throat and very noticable, but the other side is more mild, and since it didn't really help my headaches or neck pain, I will probably just wait and see for the left side. Hopefully, it will not continue to grow. Good luck to everyone going through this now.