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

Posted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 3:27 pm
by AlfAteCats
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?

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

Posted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 3:44 pm
by bbsadmin
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....

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

Posted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 3:46 pm
by AlfAteCats
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.

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

Posted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 5:38 pm
by Nozzelnut
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.

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

Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:46 pm
by AlfAteCats
Ugh. I'm on day 3 of antibiotics and it's getting WORSE.

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

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:22 am
by AlfAteCats
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.