February 9, 2004 2:22 PM Subscribe
Any MeFites have experience with jaw surgery? (More inside, as you might expect.)
posted by scody to Health & Fitness (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've been in braces a little over 5 months with the expecation of having orthognathic surgery about halfway through the process (i.e., somewhere around the 9-month mark or so). My orthodontist hasn't yet referred me to a maxillo-facial surgeon, but is expecting to do so soon. From what I understand, I'll probably have a LeFort osteotomy for the upper jaw and a saggital split for the lower. Anyone else had related procedures who would care to share their experiences? What should I expect from the initial surgical consult (and any questions I should be prepared with)? What was your recovery time like after the surgery? Any thoughts on the whole liquid diet/soft food thing? (Everything I've read on this count basically says "one of the unexpected benefits to jaw surgery is that you'll lose 10-15 lbs. during recovery, and gee, who wouldn't want that?" Well, I wouldn't, for one -- my weight problem is a perpetual struggle to gain weight, so I really don't have 15 lbs. to spare.) I'm also curious about the psychological side of having jaw surgery -- how did having such a change in appearance affect you?