Getting over an underbite

blogging my way through double jaw surgery

Getting closer

So next week I have my pre-op appointment. I only have 8 more days of work this year. I’m starting to get a little more nervous as the time approaches.

I’m thinking more about what recovery will be like and find myself with lots of questions. How long will my surgery will take? How long will I be on a liquid diet? Can I eat anything for Christmas? Christmas dinner might be awkward just sitting there with the family watching them eat. How many follow-up appointments will I have? Have I prepared enough?

A question for the fellow jaw-surgery patients out there – has anyone tried to gain weight before surgery? How did that work out? I have tried to up my eating but oddly enough have not been able to gain much weight – two pounds at most, really. I’m about 7 pounds above what I consider my ‘ideal’ weight, but I have weighed ~25 pounds less than this (living in Mexico did it to me) and I survived so I think I’ll be okay.

I’m at the point where I’ve been a little stressed about getting everything done at work and beyond. I have had lots of extra appointments, and have been trying to fit my work in around it all. So I’ve gotten less sleep as a result. Less sleep + stress = getting cold sores again, which stresses me more. Who wants a cold sore during jaw surgery? That can’t be good. I am Extremely Prone to them; I am doing what I can for it but life happens.  Sigh.

Between that and the stubborn sinus headache that won’t go away, am feeling rotten today. I keep reading about how you can’t blow your nose during recovery. I have indoor allergies that cause chronic sinusitis, particularly in the winter and I can’t imagine not being able to clear my head out for weeks at a time. It’s bad enough now. I’m really hoping the surgery will put my sinuses in better shape but who knows. We’ll see how it goes.

Happy Monday everyone.



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2 thoughts on “Getting closer

  1. Deb Flynn on said:

    I wish you good luck for your surgery and a speedy recovery. I have an underbite and have been agonising for the past 9 years about whether to have double jaw surgery. Before then I didn’t know it was possible to do anything about it. At that time I consulted a specialist who told me That was the appropriate treatment for my underbite. He also said my nose would need to be changed as by bringing my upper jaw forward my face would be out of balance due to my large nose. This all sounded very daunting. I am not working at the moment and only now have enough money to pay for the surgery and not go back to work for quite some time. I have just turned 60 and am very healthy and look young for my age and do not take any medications but I’m still concerned I may be too old for braces and orthognathic surgery. I am going to get a referral from my dentist to specialists so I can find out if I have left it too late. I have always felt self conscious about my jaw and have been the brunt of some hurtful comments during my life. I have learned how to smile and hold my head at a certain angle for photographs but if I don’t get the opportunity to pose then I am usually unhappy with any photographs or videos. My partner of 8 years is not sympathetic and says it’s just vanity, but it certainly is not vanity – I just want to look normal. Thanks for listening and I look forward to your future posts on the outcome of your surgery. All the information about this on the internet is a huge help.

  2. Hi Deb, thanks for commenting. When I was talking with my surgeon, I joked about getting this done before it was too late. I’m 40. He said the oldest patient he ever had was an 80 year old woman with no teeth. She wasn’t able to wear dentures due to her jaws being so bad. She just wanted to eat. He said she did fine with it. I don’t think you’re too old. I know people in their 50’s with braces.
    I went back and forth a lot on getting surgery. The first two times I tried- I didn’t have insurance and couldn’t manage it, and the second time the insurance wouldn’t cover it. I had resigned myself to never having it done. I don’t like my profile at certain angles either. But I’d come to terms that I may be that way the rest of my life. So happy now that it is working out. It won’t hurt to at least check it out and see if it might be a possibility to you.

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