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by gatorseh
Sun Feb 08, 2009 1:00 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Family members with a jaw like yours
Replies: 23
Views: 5764

My dad has the same crooked lower jaw that I had. I never noticed because he has had a beard since before I was born, but I finally saw a picture of him beardless at 16 and it is identical to my jaw!
by gatorseh
Wed Feb 04, 2009 8:54 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Debanding 11 weeks post op?!
Replies: 6
Views: 1019

I was debanded at 15 weeks post-op; my ortho said the earliest he debanded was 12 weeks. 11 doesn't seem too off to me!
by gatorseh
Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:32 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Humidifiers: Cool Mist? Warm Mist? Either/Or?
Replies: 5
Views: 2058

I was told warm mist and thats what I had at home after upper & lower.
by gatorseh
Sun Dec 21, 2008 11:42 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Genioplasty - Asymmetry due to Jaw
Replies: 3
Views: 2080

Do you have any photos of your lower jaw? I had a problem with my condyles as well and my right side of the jaw was lower than the left. I can't imagine that a genioplasty would have helped my appearance (or the discomfort from my bite), but I would have to see your individual case to say for sure w...
by gatorseh
Sat Dec 20, 2008 11:24 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Numbness on roof and gums after LeForte I
Replies: 7
Views: 1930

I'd like to know this as well. I'm 12 weeks out and my upper gums and a large part of my palate are still entirely numb, no tingles no nothing.
by gatorseh
Tue Dec 16, 2008 10:47 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Differing opinions, who to trust?
Replies: 16
Views: 2429

I would go with a devoted oral surgeon who teaches this, writes about it, and does it often. The better the surgeon the better the results.
by gatorseh
Mon Dec 15, 2008 2:10 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Long, thin face and genioplasty.
Replies: 5
Views: 5075

I had a very long, thin face with sunken cheeks before having surgery. I had Le Fort and BSSO though so I'm not sure I can help you with just the genioplasty... the Le Fort pulled my upper jaw forward so I do have round cheeks now and the BSSO made the lower third of my face shorter which balanced o...
by gatorseh
Fri Dec 12, 2008 10:38 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: recovery time
Replies: 14
Views: 1841

I went on vacation three weeks post-op and it wasn't bad at all. I was on soft food at that point so I had no problem getting pancakes for breakfast and pastas and fish for dinner & lunch. My energy was fairly good at that point too. The only thing that makes me wary about your situation is that you...
by gatorseh
Mon Dec 08, 2008 9:27 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: 7 Day Post-Op Report and Pictures
Replies: 6
Views: 1453

I was numb up through the 7 - 9 week mark. It's funny to me to see so many people immediately after post-op worrying. It took me a while to get it all back (basically the left side of my face from the eye down was numb) and I did. Just be patient!
by gatorseh
Mon Dec 08, 2008 9:25 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: when did you first know 'orthognathic surgery' existed?.....
Replies: 6
Views: 1038

When I got my first round of braces off at 15 my ortho told me I'd have to get jaw surgery eventually. Eight years later I finally did!
by gatorseh
Mon Dec 08, 2008 12:25 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Swelling at 5+ months post-op?
Replies: 2
Views: 697

I would call your OS. Mine told me to call her for an appointment if my swelling ever went back up again (and I'm 10 weeks out now).
by gatorseh
Sat Dec 06, 2008 1:43 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Its true......
Replies: 16
Views: 4135

The total cost of my surgery was $49,000. Granted I have insurance, I am still paying $5,000 out of pocket. $15k compared to $49k doesn't seem so bad to me. :shock:
by gatorseh
Thu Dec 04, 2008 6:36 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: chewing too early
Replies: 4
Views: 1107

I echo everyone elses' sentiments: do whatever your surgeon says is okay. I was on soft chew (pastas, fish, pancakes, etc) on day 10 but I've seen people on here who haven't been put on soft food diet until six weeks. It all depends on what you've had done and how your surgeon does things. My nerve ...
by gatorseh
Thu Dec 04, 2008 10:21 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Post-Op Rubber bands
Replies: 5
Views: 1552

I'm not sure of all of the "lingo" but I can give you my experience with elastics (I had a one piece Le Fort and BSSO): Two weeks of light elastics (rectangular shape, connecting canines to the tooth next to them and then down) Two weeks of medium elastics in a parallelogram shape (canines to the to...
by gatorseh
Fri Nov 28, 2008 10:25 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Length of Procedures
Replies: 5
Views: 1056

My surgeons did molds and "operated" on them before my actual surgery as well. I was told 2 1/2 hours for each jaw and I think my surgery ended up being right around the 5 hour mark.