Claire here. New to the group.
My surgery is April 21st.
My question is about an alternative to the Jaw Bra called a CryoJaw. Basically, it's a Jaw Bra with a tube in it that goes out to a cooler which circulates cold water through the Jaw Bra. This way you don't have to have multiple Bras and keep changing them out. My guess from reading an speaking with Oral Surgeons is that Swelling is enemy #1 in Orthognathic Surgery like it is in many other surgeries.
Background. I am a retired Certified Athletic Trainer, and 29 years ago, I began running, and ran for almost 10 years until the babies came along, the Sports Medicine Department at the local Children's Hospital. I did a lot of rehab following orthopedic surgeries. Our two biggest enemies were swelling/inflammation and regaining range of motion in whatever joint was operated on. I admit that I am very passionate about defeating these two enemies, and if you'd made as many 6'3" 240 pound 17 year old young men cry like a baby as I have, you'd be passionate about avoiding them if at all possible as well.
Here's how we did it, and I've been looking for the dental equivalent. We knew and were early adopters of a device called a Cryo Cuff. Same idea as the CryoJaw, only it had different attachments for knees, ankles, wrists, shoulders etc. When it first came out, it didn't have a motor to keep the water circulating. I used to make my patient's parents drain and refill the device every time the water got hot 24/7. Depending on the patient, this could be as often as every 15-30 minutes. If they didn't do it, they could count on about 45 minutes every session 3x/week of one of us cranking on their child's newly post-op joint, and making them cry, to help them regain their range of motion. A couple of years later, the inventor added the motor to keep the water circulating. Now the patient could go 4-8 hours without Mom or Dad having to change out the ice water in the attached cooler. The difference in post-op rehab was staggering. Today, most good Orthopedists use a Cryo-Cuff following orthopedic surgery. The patient wakes up with it on in recovery, it's already hooked up and circulating. You can wear it 24/7, plug it into a car, detach the cuff from the cooler and go to the bathroom etc.
I looked in vain for a face Cryo-Cuff and have even been in touch with the development team of the company that bought the inventor out. They don't have anything except something like a Jaw Bra. I just this weekend found the CryoJaw. It's expensive, $250, but my caregivers are going to love me, and the best way to get rid of swelling it to prevent it from happening in the first place.
My Oral Surgeon has given me a thumbs up for using it, but I probably can't in the hospital since it's not an "approved product." I'm still going to bring it with me and try. I know from experience, once the RN figures out that he/she doesn't have to keep changing out ice packs or Jaw Bras, he/she will be all for it. I'm confused that it's not better known, and am thinking that it's new to the market possibly.
Has anyone else heard of this device or used it? I would love feedback.