The musings of a fourth year English medical student

Sunday, 9 July 2017

2 YEARS POST DOUBLE JAW SURGERY




Wow, I can't quite believe it has been two years!

I was told age 15 that the jaw pain I was getting was due to an overbite, which could only be corrected by a bimaxillary osteotomy. 

So, four years of brace-wearing later I had the operation. It took five and a half hours under general anaesthetic and it has changed my life.

In short, I have no regrets of going through with it. However, post-op was not smooth sailing. I've documented throughout this blog that I have struggled with depression, and I was right in the midst of it around the time of the operation. 

After it, I struggled with full time studies and the healing process, which must have contributed to the deterioration in my mental health. I'm not saying for a second that it was the cause, but it didn't help. 

Mental health aside, I physically felt like shit for a long time afterwards. I was frustrated I couldn't do all the things I used to do - I felt like I couldn't be me.

Luckily I haven't had any serious long term complications. My bite has moved back a few mm, but I am still thrilled with my results. Unfortunately I have a small amount of pain on a daily basis on my left side. 

At a recent appointment with my surgeon, he showed me that the side where I feel this pain shows some condylar resorption on x ray. He seems to think this is the likely cause. I have to say I know nothing about this but from what I have read about, my symptoms seem to mirror those described. Nothing can be done to alleviate this and we can't predict how long this pain may continue for. 

It was a long process and massive chapter of my life. Having this operation, plus a previous operation to remove your wisdom teeth for preparation, is a serious undertaking. I am so glad I did it, and am grateful to have the NHS who paid for everything. Being an outpatient and then inpatient has helped me so much in my medical training as well. I hope I can use this experience to be a better doctor one day. 

Pre op

Same day post op

6 months post op



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