My NS did not really shave a lot of my hair at all! When I woke up from the surgery I was told that there was a dressing on my incision. It was stapled on... my nurse said that was the first time he had seen that and he actually brought in another nurse to check it out too. But I asked my NS today why he did that and he said that people usually shave their head (the area where incision is) pre-op, so a regular dressing with tape would have worked. But since he only shaved a bit of hair off, he had to use staples to make the dressing stay on my head.
Once the steri-strip comes off I'll take another picture of it!
I saw ur pics...and commented how I am amazed at the amount of hair left....and how small some incisions are....the whole back of my head was shaved.....they brought the hair from the side up on top to a water fountain pony tail....I looked like a hairy krishna....
I feel great! I hope that 3 months from now when I get a follow-up MRI that my syrinx has shrunk so that I can call this surgery "successful" since I did not have a lot of chiari-related pains pre-op.
I was finally able to wash my hair today since the dressing came off. The incision feels raised so I'm hoping it's just the stitching. My hair feels nice but my scalp is sensitive. I think it might be from the nerves coming back in or because my hair was in a french braid for 8 days.. and when you take the braids out the scalp isn't used to hair being pushed the other way... does that make any sense? haha
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