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by AF104
Sat Apr 07, 2012 11:46 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Can Damon Braces fix jaw alignment?
Replies: 2
Views: 1825

Re: Can Damon Braces fix jaw alignment?

Braces can't expand the size of your arch. You won't get surgical quality results without surgery.
by AF104
Thu Sep 01, 2011 2:16 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Lefort 1/Patal Downgraft Surgery
Replies: 3
Views: 1542

Re: Lefort 1/Patal Downgraft Surgery

Rigid fixation plates have eliminated the need to wire the jaws shut in most cases. You'll likely have heavy elastics holding your jaws steady.
by AF104
Sun Aug 21, 2011 11:16 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Swelling and Sinus Pressure 3 months out?
Replies: 5
Views: 1341

Re: Swelling and Sinus Pressure 3 months out?

You can call and ask for an earlier appointment.
by AF104
Sat Aug 20, 2011 2:27 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Swelling and Sinus Pressure 3 months out?
Replies: 5
Views: 1341

Re: Swelling and Sinus Pressure 3 months out?

See your surgeon. You may have an infection. If not, you could ask for a 6-day taper of Medrol or alternatively take NSAID's and apply ice.
by AF104
Fri May 27, 2011 7:19 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: To anybody who's already had jaw surgery...
Replies: 18
Views: 10502

Re: To anybody who's already had jaw surgery...

Here's two: Consume as many calories and fluids as possible in the early days. Ask for pill versions of painkillers. The liquid versions are designed to taste awful. After a couple of days you'd become nauseated just at the thought of having to taste the medicine anymore.
by AF104
Fri May 27, 2011 7:10 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Sinuses still swollen three weeks after bimax?
Replies: 5
Views: 1645

Re: Sinuses still swollen three weeks after bimax?

That depends on how you define "quite achy". If the pain is greater than a 4-5 on a 10 scale then you probably need the hydrocodone. If it's less than that you might be able to get by with OTC painkillers. OTC's can also help with your swelling.
by AF104
Mon Apr 04, 2011 12:44 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Did you have a turbinectomy?
Replies: 5
Views: 2155

Re: Did you have a turbinectomy?

See an ENT surgeon. They can perform an in-office procedure to shrink the turbinates without any cutting. It's quick and painless. Also, turbinectomies are rare!

http://www.obstructednose.com/nasal_tre ... ctomy.html
by AF104
Sat Feb 19, 2011 8:00 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: safe to do septoplasty at the same time as upper/lower jaw?
Replies: 9
Views: 4312

Re: safe to do septoplasty at the same time as upper/lower j

I've had a septoplasty but years before jaw surgery. It's not that painful, didn't cause much crusting and packing the nose isn't often done these days. However, I'd suggest waiting until after the jaw surgery. The upper jaw forms part of the nasal base and having it in the correct position before t...
by AF104
Wed Feb 09, 2011 2:43 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Tongue thrust and relapse
Replies: 7
Views: 3739

Re: Tongue thrust and relapse

Tongue thrusting and reverse swallowing are the same thing: http://www.speechpathology.com/askexper ... tion_id=63

See a speech pathologist.
by AF104
Fri Jan 28, 2011 1:53 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Denied coverage for SARPE Surgery!BCBS Illinois!
Replies: 2
Views: 2413

Re: Denied coverage for SARPE Surgery!BCBS Illinois!

An ENT won't just give you the diagnosis that you want. You would probably be better off getting a swallowing evaluation from a speech pathologist. If they can't document swallowing and chewing difficulties then you'll probably just have to pay out of pocket.
by AF104
Mon Dec 27, 2010 6:43 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: surgical hooks
Replies: 1
Views: 694

Re: surgical hooks

Put some wax on the tip of the hook.
by AF104
Sun Dec 26, 2010 3:20 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Does everyone here have Blue Cross and Blue Shield?
Replies: 12
Views: 3184

Re: Does everyone here have Blue Cross and Blue Shield?

You'll be on the operating table for longer. Staying a night or two in the hospital adds a few thousand. The implant plates and screws are very expensive(around $4,000). More complex operations require more hospital staff.
by AF104
Sat Dec 25, 2010 12:38 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Does everyone here have Blue Cross and Blue Shield?
Replies: 12
Views: 3184

Re: Does everyone here have Blue Cross and Blue Shield?

That isn't very likely and I've heard of hospital fees as high as $100,000 so be careful.
by AF104
Sun Dec 19, 2010 2:21 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Minor orthognathic surgery. Panicked.
Replies: 2
Views: 936

Re: Minor orthognathic surgery. Panicked.

If surgery is your "only option" then I wouldn't assume that your skeletal issues are minor. Schedule an appointment with a surgeon and see what they have to say.
by AF104
Mon Nov 01, 2010 8:34 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: adult overbite - chicago orthodontist recommendations?
Replies: 12
Views: 3137

That is fairly common. The order in which you meet each specialist doesn't matter.