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MNTim

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Depression behind ear
« on: June 26, 2011, 07:48:46 pm »
I had a translab performed about four months ago.  Tonight while adjusting my glasses I noticed a "depression" behind my surgical side ear that I haven't noticed before.  I have been washing the area and never noticed it.  It is obviously where the bone was removed but I don't recall it being so pronounced.  Do any of you translab patients have the same indentation?

Tim
8/31/09 hydrocephulus-emergent drain
9/2/09 5 cm AN debulked, Retro Sig Abbott NW
5/18/10 Second debulk, Retro Sig Abbott NW
1/31/11 Translab, 7/12 Graft Mayo Rochester, MN
2/12/11 Lumbar drain
3/14/11 Eustacian tube packing procedure for CSF leak
2/28/13 Platinum weight & Tarsorrhaphy

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Re: Depression behind ear
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2011, 08:08:03 pm »
Oh yeah! The fat that they pack it with dissolves leaving a big indention!! 

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Re: Depression behind ear
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2011, 09:47:55 pm »
I too have a large indentation behind my ear after translab, my hairdresser forgets about it until her fingers fall in it....lol

Jacqui
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CSF Leak surgery 11th May 2010

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Re: Depression behind ear
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2011, 06:02:03 am »
Same here and my left ear is a little lower than my right ear, so my glasses are always lopesided on me...nothing I can do....hmmm wnders if another fat graft to the area would help...lol
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TRANSLAB 04/07/09 2cms at time of surgery
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Re: Depression behind ear
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2011, 06:55:36 am »
It took me a couple of years to figure out why sunnies (off the rack) were ALWAYS lopsided - it never occurred to me that they would've sewed my ear back on in the wrong place!!

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Translab 12/95@Houston Methodist(Baylor College of Medicine)for "HUGE" tumor-no size specified
25 yrs then-14 hour surgery-stroke
12/7 Graft 1/97
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Re: Depression behind ear
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2011, 08:32:57 am »
I had retrosigmoid but also have a lovely depression in the surgical area.
Retrosigmoid 9/24/09
AN 2.4+ cm left side
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Re: Depression behind ear
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2011, 08:53:57 am »
Yes my scar is at least 1/2 to 3/4 inch deep and at least 2 inches long. What I find interesting every year I have visited my neuro dr he never has looked at my incision. He only looks at the mri. That just amazes me. But he did have to operate on it three times (surgery, then two CSF leaks) so maybe he didn't want to look at it any more!!
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Re: Depression behind ear
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2011, 09:26:27 am »
I have a deep depression behind my ear from 2 translabs there due to the CSF leak.     I hate washing it but do of course.    Plus my ear is sunk in a bit.      Annoying but could be worse.
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Right mid fossa 11-01-01
  left tumor found 5-03,so have NF2
  trans lab for right facial nerve tumor
  with nerve graft 3-23-06
   CSF leak revision surgery 4-07-06
   left mid fossa 4-17-08
   near deaf on left before surgery
   with hearing much improved .
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MNTim

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Re: Depression behind ear
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2011, 09:51:30 am »
Thanks for saving me a call to the ENT. 
At my first follow up after surgery I made a joke about my crooked ear and my ENT said "at least I didn't put it on upside down."
Tim
8/31/09 hydrocephulus-emergent drain
9/2/09 5 cm AN debulked, Retro Sig Abbott NW
5/18/10 Second debulk, Retro Sig Abbott NW
1/31/11 Translab, 7/12 Graft Mayo Rochester, MN
2/12/11 Lumbar drain
3/14/11 Eustacian tube packing procedure for CSF leak
2/28/13 Platinum weight & Tarsorrhaphy

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Re: Depression behind ear
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2011, 07:31:42 pm »
omg.....good information, I will be prepared for the dent.  I think my surgical ear is tighter to my head, good thing I don't put my hair behind my ears.
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Re: Depression behind ear
« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2011, 08:19:12 pm »
I thought the crooked glasses were just my imagination! I'm about 4 months post op and have the opposite situation. I have a pronounced lump behind my ear, and raised ridge up to and along my scar. Glad to know it may go down with time.
Right AN diagnosed Sept. 2010 - 4 cm x 3 cm x 3 cm
Debulked via translab Sept. 2010
Removed at House Feb. 2011
CSF leak with blind sac closure and lumbar drain March 2011
Unresponsive facial nerve, platinum weight
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Re: Depression behind ear
« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2011, 08:20:31 pm »
A depression is common.  I had retrosigmoid and I have a depression a little above and behind my AN ear.

Jan
Retrosigmoid 5/31/07 Drs. Battista & Kazan (Hinsdale, Illinois)
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Re: Depression behind ear
« Reply #12 on: July 13, 2011, 07:40:20 pm »
I'm having the same thing starting to happen to me one month out of surgery. Bottom of the incision on the inside is starting to dimple in a bit. I thought it was the mesch settling in or something. I do find it extremely quiet to sleep with no hearing on that side anymore.
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Re: Depression behind ear
« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2011, 11:00:40 pm »
Look at that, after 19 years I found out that I'm normal. ;) ;)    That is it sounds like lots of us have indentations and our glasses don't fit right because of the surgery.  I didn't know about the glasses issue until a few years ago when I had to start wearing glasses.  Couldn't decide for a while if my eye brow was higher on one side then the other or if one of my ears was higher than the other.   Finally gave up trying to adjust my glasses as it usually made it worse.  What a wealth of info. we get from this site.  Jill
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Re: Depression behind ear
« Reply #14 on: July 16, 2011, 11:21:21 am »
After three brain surgeries, just call me "Bowling Ball."   ::)  (or are there four holes in a bowling ball?  ???) If I ever have cancer and lose all my hair during treatment, I am going to look really weird!!  ;D

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Right MVD for trigeminal neuralgia, 1994, Pittsburgh, PA
Left retrosigmoid 2.6 cm AN removal, February, 2008, Duke U
Tumor regrew to 1.3 cm in February, 2011
Translab AN removal, May, 2011 at HEI, Friedman & Schwartz
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