Still swollen at 7 months post op. What the heck?

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Still swollen at 7 months post op. What the heck?

#1 Post by AlfAteCats » Mon Dec 25, 2017 3:27 pm

I had my double jaw surgery + chin implant + mid face implants on June 7. My body rejected my hardware and I had all but one piece removed in August + revision mid face implants (larger). I am still having swelling around my chin. Three weeks ago I was put on antibiotics because my surgeon thought it was a lymph node issue/infection. I was on them for two weeks and I'm still swollen.

Is this normal? How can I help with swelling this far along? Should I bring up anything to my surgeon at my mid-January appointment?

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Re: Still swollen at 7 months post op. What the heck?

#2 Post by bbsadmin » Mon Dec 25, 2017 3:44 pm

You say that your body rejected the hardware and you had all the hardware removed but one piece.

Is it possible that you're dealing with an allergy, not an infection? And that that one piece of hardware is still causing an allergic reaction?

Just an idea....
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Re: Still swollen at 7 months post op. What the heck?

#3 Post by AlfAteCats » Mon Dec 25, 2017 3:46 pm

bbsadmin wrote:You say that your body rejected the hardware and you had all the hardware removed but one piece.

Is it possible that you're dealing with an allergy, not an infection? And that that one piece of hardware is still causing an allergic reaction?

Just an idea....
OH NO. He did mention that he may have to remove the last piece of hardware at my last appointment. I really hope it does not come to that.

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Re: Still swollen at 7 months post op. What the heck?

#4 Post by Nozzelnut » Mon Dec 25, 2017 5:38 pm

If it's not a reaction; you can try massage to keep things moving. But; you're technically only 4 months out from your last surgery. It could take up to a year for that to resolve.
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Re: Still swollen at 7 months post op. What the heck?

#5 Post by AlfAteCats » Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:46 pm

Ugh. I'm on day 3 of antibiotics and it's getting WORSE.

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Re: Still swollen at 7 months post op. What the heck?

#6 Post by AlfAteCats » Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:22 am

Welp. Well, it turns out my chin implant has infected biofilm around it. That means surgery #3 to remove it, heavy antibiotics and a month without my chin, and then surgery #4 to place a custom chin/jawline implant.

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