Questions & Answers for My Case
- What exactly are you going to do in the surgery?
- Are there any alternatives to the surgery you have proposed?
- Have you done this type of surgery before?
- Will I have to have more than one operation?
- What are the benefits of undertaking this surgery?
- What are the risks of having this surgery?
- Will this surgery affect my jaw joints and nerves?
- What is the risk of infection after surgery?
- What would happen if I decide not to have the surgery?
- What happens if the surgery is not successful?
- Realistically, what should I hope for after surgery, in terms of the way I look and how it affects my jaw function?
- Will you be using rubber bands to hold my jaw after surgery or will you be wiring my jaw closed? (Please make your surgeon aware if you have a latex allergy).
- Will the plates and screws be permanently left in?
- If applicable, what will happen if I am allergic to the titanium plates?
- Will you have to remove my wisdom teeth before or during surgery?
- Are there any long term issues following surgery? (For example; sinus infections, sensitive and weak teeth, pain caused by the plates or problems with excessive bone growth over the plate sites).
- How long does the operation take?
- Will I have to stay in hospital? If so, how long will I be in hospital for?
- Will I go into intensive care after the operation or a normal ward?
- Will I have my own room after surgery?
- Will you be using a bite plate during surgery? And if so will you be leaving the bite plate in place after the surgery?
- What are my options in terms of pain relief after the surgery?
- What happens if I vomit and I am unable to open my mouth?
- Will I be able to talk normally?
- Will I be able eat and what will I be able to eat?
- Will there be any external scarring?
- As some people tend to suffer numbness after this type of procedure… How long before I have complete feeling back?
- How long will it take for the broken jaw to repair fully and be stable?
- How long will it take to fully recover?
- How will I keep my mouth clean if I am unable to brush my teeth?
- On estimate, how much weight should I expect to lose when I am on a soft food diet?
- How long after surgery will I have to wear my braces?
Pictures before and after Jaw Surgery
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