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Jaw Surgery at 40: Six Weeks Done

In this final update to my jaw surgery posts, I’ll summarise the last 6 weeks and how things went.

Looking back at the first two weeks, soft foods were just starting to become edible despite the mouth only opening a few millimetres.

Pretty much everything has changed since then.  All the bruising has gone.  A small yellow bruise on the top of the chest was the final mark to go.

The neck bruising disappeared fairly quickly after week two.

Pain is basically non-existent and completely healed, obviously, the bone isn’t yet, but feeling-wise it is.

You’ll also notice the change in the titles, as I went from age 39 to age 40 during the 6 weeks too.

This also included a party with many foods, all of which were edible.  Cakes, profiteroles, wraps (had to squish them a bit flatter), sandwiches and savoury foods, pizza.

I also indulged in a limited time McRib sandwich the other day which was no problem at all.

The only thing I can really say is the mouth still doesn’t open to 100%, probably 80%, so some larger foods can be a stretch.

The elastic bands are off, the jaw surgeon is happy and said I don’t need to see him again until February for no major reason other than to just see how it’s going.

The orthodontist is happy and actually said I get the braces off in 3 months (March 19, 2019) after some final adjustments.

I was looking at the bite in the mirror last night and it is definitely much better than it was.  All the teeth mesh together in the right way and the overbite is completely gone, also apparent in my feelings inside the mouth.

So there you have it.  If like me you are scared of having jaw surgery, it really isn’t too much of a big deal.

As someone with a history of anxiety, I believe we make things to be far worst in our minds than they actually turn out to be and the human mind quickly adjusts.

And of course, getting your facial bones purposely fractured and plated is going to produce anxiety of fear for almost everyone, so that’s completely normal and to be expected anyway.

But it really isn’t as bad as your mind imagines.  It’s more of an annoyance for a couple of weeks than anything… 2-3 and then it starts becoming the new normal and you can’t even remember having surgery only weeks ago.