I'm set to have lower jaw surgery and genioplasty on the 15th of July, and was wandering what people's experiences were of recovery, particulalry for this type of jaw surgery (BSSO). My surgeon is great, but pretty blase about it all, and I get the impression from him that the recovery period will be minimal - he has suggested at least 2 weeks off work. This surprised me a little as googling through pages of other people's experiences, I got the impression recovery took a lot longer. I know it's important to take into account individual differences. My surgeon has said that some people have massive swelling with a lot of bruising, and some people have minimal swelling and bruising, and that it depends on individual differences.
Still, it would be good to hear from anyone who's had this done. I feel a bit in the dark about what to expect after the surgery has taken place.
annafaith wrote:Thanks for such a detailed reply. You bought up some points I hadn't really thought about, like not being able to use a normal sized toothbrush. Your experiences seem to tally in with the kind of blogs i've been reading about this kind of operation. I'm surprised though that you weren't on blended food until 3 weeks post op - could you only manage liquified food until then? When I asked my surgeon about eating afterwards, he said that basically I would be okay to go on to soft food from the word go, let alone waiting 3 weeks? My lower jaw is being moved forward about 1 cm so it's not a small advancement either.
I'd be interested to know whether you had yours done with the NHS or privately? I've been reading about people using syringes and jaw bras etc. and was wandering what the NHS gives you to go home with, and what they provide while you're in hospital?
Also, you mentioned you had quite a bit of swelling and bruising. Did you find anything useful for helping with that, like hot or cold packs?
I'm glad yours went well and you're happy with the results, which is the actual aim of putting ourselves through all this in the first place!
Bullfighter wrote:annafaith wrote:Hi,
the complications of lower jaw surgery aren't quite as bad as with upper.
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