Todd's turban, just after surgery, January 2009 in Hammond, LAHere’s the turban they put on Todd’s wound after surgery. It was nothing but a bunch of gauze wadded up to protect the wound.

Todd's wound with staples in, right after I cut off the turban, January 2009

Todd had surgery for superior canal dehiscence syndrome on Thursday, January 8, 2009, and I cut off the turban on Sunday, January 11. The staples will remain in until Thursday.

Todd's wound, January 18, 2009

This photograph was taken on Sunday, January 18, 2009, several days after Todd had his staples and stitches taken out. Pretty nice wound closure by Dr. Gerard Gianoli, eh?

Armadillo, Fountainebleau State Park, Mandeville, LA 2009This is what Todd’s head looks like after too much Percocet.

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  1. Dorothy Partin January 23, 2009 at 1:25 am - Reply


    My favorite is the last one! Is that an armadillo?


  2. Beth Partin January 23, 2009 at 9:37 am - Reply

    Yes it is! I was so excited to see one alive–the only other one I’ve seen was roadkill.

  3. Todd Bradley January 29, 2009 at 10:11 am - Reply

    My head never looked like an armadillo. And it’s healing up very nicely now. It’s been 3 weeks since the surgery, as of today.

  4. Beth Partin January 29, 2009 at 11:19 am - Reply

    Well, you never got a good look at your head right after surgery. 🙂

  5. jt February 24, 2009 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    A doctor has recently suspected that I have SCD; what a relief, I thought I was going crazy! For the past four years, I have been told there is nothing wrong w/ me! Now it makes perfect sense, it is the sound waves that are making me dizzy, visually impared, etc.

    Was your husbands surgery a complete success, or is it too early to tell?

  6. Beth Partin February 24, 2009 at 8:39 pm - Reply


    so far it seems to have been very successful. He says his hearing is better in the right ear now, and the autophony is gone.

    It’s too bad that doctors put it all back on the patients when they can’t figure out what’s wrong. If you want to talk to Todd about it, his blog is You can also try, which is a support forum.

    Beth Partin’s last blog post..Native American Trading Company in the Golden Triangle Museum District

  7. Tom March 3, 2011 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Beth, so now that a Lot of time has passed since the surgery, how is his hearing? How is the scar? I finally saw my third ENT and he was the only one that took me seriously when it came to this and after a CAT scan and a bunch of other tests I am going in for the same operation. Any info would really help ease my tress about the surgery…
    Thanks in advance!


  8. Beth Partin March 6, 2011 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    Tom, his scar is hardly noticeable unless he cuts his hair really short. His hearing is fine; that was never an issue. He doesn’t have the autophony in his right ear anymore, though he does have some problems in his left ear. He’ll probably have to get the left ear done someday. If you want to read the story of Todd’s surgery in his words, try He should be on there under Todd Bradley, and you could talk with other people who have had the surgery.

  9. Stephanie February 8, 2012 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    Hello, I know this section of your blog is almost three years old, but thanks for putting this together. I’m getting ready to have SCDS surgery myself, and I have been trying to find a picture of someone post-op online for a few weeks now. Thanks again for putting this together. I’m going to check out the SCDSsupport forums as well.

  10. Beth Partin February 8, 2012 at 7:28 pm - Reply


    good luck on your surgery. The pictures may not be completely applicable to you, depending on what kind of surgery you have. But I’m glad they helped.

  11. Joel Green July 18, 2012 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    Dear Beth: Thanks for your blog. I believe that someone sent me a video done by Todd a long time ago — is that possible? If so, thank him. It really helped me explain to my co-workers what I was going through.

    I was diagnosed in 2005 w/SCD, but have put off surgery because it was a bad time in my career for a lengthy recuperation–I was in my late 50’s and was afraid that too much time off would result in losing my momentum and then just sliding into retirement on the downhill. Anyway, my SCD is getting worse and now I’m on Medicare! YIKES! I think I could get along if it never got worse than it is now, but do you have any idea what’s to come?

    I know that this has been something I’ve had since childhood, but it never really kicked my butt until 1997 when I was just getting over a cold and the autophony was getting problematic. Fast forward to 2005 and I finally found a Dr who could diagnose the problem. Now at 65, both ears seem to be affected, the autophony is horrendous, all internal sounds have gotten louder — they sound like rolling thunder when I’m sitting still. Walking and even mild excercise makes the sounds just that much louder, and eating anything even mildly crunchy is torture. The dizziness, too, is naturally getting to be a problem. But, I’m now retired and don’t have to function as I was did. (I used to be in Sales and was having difficulty talking without getting frustrated and losing my train of thought. Also, talking loud or singing is out of the question).

    If I’m alone, it’s really no problem at all — don’t know if the surgery is worth it?

  12. Beth Tabachka June 16, 2015 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Beth and Todd, thank you so much for all of this information. I’m having surgery July 7th, 2015 but still don’t know which one… I’ve been trying to get real answers for all of my questions but there isn’t a lot of information out there. I’ve never suffered so much in my life with anything. 11 doctors telling me nothing is wrong. I had about given up. Dr Hoffer in Miami is doing my surgery. My symptoms are mostly pain , pressure, deafness and cognitive dysfunction. Any way, thank you for sharing your journey.

    • Todd Bradley June 16, 2015 at 1:54 pm - Reply

      If it makes you feel any better, Beth Tabachka, I counted the number of medical professionals who either said they could help but didn’t or tried to figure out what was wrong but failed. By the time I was diagnosed, there were 18 people total. I hope things would be better today, but we still have a ways to go. By the way, everything you could ever want to know about SCDS surgery, recovery, how to prepare, etc. is all on the website