Recurring headaches during late September and October 2010.
By MRI scan at The London Clinic at the end of October 2010.
He was called to the hospital immediately after the results of my MRI scan late in the evening. The haematoma was gigantic and the brain’s midline shift was significant.
I was operated on and the procedure was burrhole drainage of a subdural haematoma. The intracranial pressure was so strong that Mr Bullock needed only to drill one hole in my skull. The operation lasted less than an hour. I stayed in hospital for another five days, then it took me a few weeks to recover.
Full recovery. Beforehand, I had had recurring headaches, but the surgery went smoothly and I had absolutely no pain at all immediately after the surgery. I was able to walk a day after the procedure without anyone helping me and I never felt discomfort of any kind. Afterwards, I had the usual post-procedure MRI scans as I had to fly to Argentina at the end of November.
I was cleared to fly safely to Argentina four weeks after surgery and I had no issues despite the 14-hour flight time. I played a polo tournament the following January in Thailand and a full UK season of polo in 2011. No side effects, no sequels but I followed Mr Bullock’s recommendations to the letter!