Way too early to get nervous about the outcome of the surgery.
I had surgery 2 1/2 weeks ago.......I can already tell this is going to be a marathon and not a sprint.
Mine was a little different (in that) I had to have a prostetic stapes put in as well as a PLF graft.
My doctor used vein from my arm , instead of skin from inside of my ear as the grafting material. Like AJ, he then packed it with a gelfoam, glue like material that helps to hold it in place.
I get my packing material removed on Tuesday of this week.
I do not know about you , but I am experiencing horrible ringing in my "non-operated" ear.
Apparently, this is called post surgery Hydrops........or in other words, fluid imbalance of your inner ears.
Until this normalizes, you will continue to not feel great. Ways to combat is are:
Low sodium diet
Diuretic (to help dry you up)
Eating at regual intervals (little amounts at more times during the day)
Also, keep in mind that the graft that he put in place is like tissue paper. It will take time to adhere to your inner ear and you really, really need to take it easy.
I don't know what AJ's post surgery protocol was........but whatever he did.........do the same!
It is not uncommon at all for this recovery to be non-linear.........just expect it up front.
My symptoms, although not as severe as others, were constant, 24-7:
Extreme difficulty in busy places.......ie. stores and restaurants.
Pulsating in my bad ear.........like I could hear my heartbeat (if that makes sense?)
Yada yada yada
Let me know if you have any questions,