So here I am six weeks post-op double jaw surgery for my overbite. I can’t believe I have come through it so quickly. Here is a recap of my adventure:
Day of Surgery, September 3, 2013
I was actually not nervous about the pain or surgery itself, just how it was going to impact my family. I prepared as best as I could. I posted a YouTube video the morning of leaving for the hospital: Double Jaw Surgery
I was surprised I wasn’t as swollen and bruised yet, and even with the plastic splint banded in between my teeth, I was still able to talk, although not understood. I had plenty of pain medicine in my anesthesia cocktail and was ready for a long nap. After about days 3-5, I experienced horrible hunger and weakness from either not being able to get enough nutrition or lack of desire for any liquids—which is all I can eat!
So, after two weeks the surgeon removed my splint and I was given the ok to slowly return to soft, pureed food—NO CHEWING! Some that have double jaw surgery may have different experiences than I did, but my surgeon said my Class II overbite was pretty textbook and the swelling and healing was going well. The ice packing paid off!
At weeks 3-4, nerve and muscle spasms began to give discomfort and headaches through out the day and night. Since I weaned back on the liquid pain medicine to use only at night, I have enough to get me through those weeks.
And here we are week 6: Doc gave me the thumbs up to start chewing normal foods and stretching my jaws to get my mouth to open wider. I celebrated with my first salad:
Thanks for joining me on my journey so far. More updates later and if you have an experience to share or questions to ask, drop me a comment below!
Ciao for now,