I flew up yesterday for John’s surgery, and came back late last night, so my posting is a bit behind.
Originally, they had planned on just taking a look around at John’s progress. While they had him sedated, they decided to go ahead and remove some scar tissue. So, the 1 hour procedure turned into four. I would say how hard that was, but I wasn’t on the table with my mouth pried open, my tongue shoved over, and knives stuck down my throat.
They were able to remove a considerable amount of scar tissues. They removed some tissue, as well as re-arranged some. They do it in such a way as to make it grow in our favor. Pretty remarkable stuff. While this doesn't repair the injury, it does help make it functional. Hopefully, we can avoid repair.
They did notice a little gunk (Gibbs medical term) in his lungs. It wasn't much, but it may be a sign of micro-aspiration.
Recovery was brutal. As I type this, I haven’t heard from them this morning. But he was in a lot of pain – as expected. The anesthesia was having bad side effects, and John’s tongue was about 4 times the normal size, probably from being pressed up against the instruments all morning. We weren’t expecting a hospital stay, but he’ll be in the hospital for a few days.
As long as he recovers as expected, it was a good day. However, as we all have learned, expectations can be a dangerous thing!
I’ll post again as soon as I get some word on how the night went.