That is incredible. My what a small incision you have!! 8 staples? I must have had 50.
How is work going? Does the cold bother your head?
Thanks for posting that picture. WOW.
Thank you everyone for the kind words. My only hope is that it helps to inform others who are in our situation or gives them another option to explore for treatment.
Cold...not at all, so far. Then again, it's not cold yet here...15 above for todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s high is nothing to the -20 on average winter will bring.
suelay - Numbness and tingles around the incision area? Wow, that's unreal.
I did bring up the endoscopic procedure with other docs, on my own though. They never mentioned it freely; one even said it was still too experimental. In all of this, one good lesson has come out of it. It counts to explore every option and research the hell out of what your options are.
Coming out of this, it is now my belief that docs know what they know and some treat people like a business interest. They want to work on you yes, but a majority seem stuck in their ways so to speak and almost hostile to the competition at times.
Downsides to the procedure? Everything that is possible with the traditional approach can happen with this method, though the chances are far greater with the traditional method. The doc said to expect some facial weakness and a possibly dryer than normal eye for a few months. Thankfully that wasn't the case. I think the best thing overall is just that this method does not destroy or remove any of the inner workings of the ear and leaves the nerves intact vs. cutting. The damage that is done is done by your body and not compounded by the surgeon (again, potentially...not knocking ANY doc at all).
brucifer - I had to front 11k out of my pocket....ouch. The procedure is 60k. The way it was explained to me was that it was to secure a private room at the surgical/recovery center and if insurance won't cover it, you're only responsible for like 20k, to which the 11 counts to. If things work out with the insurance, you will receive a refund. Strange way to do things? Uhhhh, yeah. My insurance company at the time covered it and it counted as an in network facility. So far I haven't gotten a bill yet, just a statement for the pre-op MRI, which was fully covered.