Jaw Surgery – One year later



For those of you that follow this blog, you may remember that last April I had Orthognathic Jaw surgery to correct a substantial underbite. I had my upper and lower jaws broken and realigned in an effort to stop rapid tooth erosion, TMJ dysfunction, headaches, jaw spasms and pain with eating etc… The surgery was a success and the surgeons actually ended up removing enlarged turbinates in my nasal cavity as well as fixing my deviated septum. My breathing has been much improved since the turbinectomy. The first 6 weeks were terrible as I could not eat anything solid. I lost 35 pounds within three weeks and have not been able to put it back on one year out from surgery. I had nerve damage from the surgery which is pretty typical. For nearly six months I had the sensation that somehow water that was in my mouth was actually rolling down the outside of my face. This may not seem like much to you, but it drove me crazy for months. The nerves have fully regenerate and the only symptoms I’m left with are some very mild swelling as well as some minor jaw pain. The mandible is the slowest healing bone in the body so this isn’t a big deal. I wouldn’t mind trying my hand at a lymph removal specialist to try and get the rest of this fluid out of my face. I will say that a year later, I have roughly 1/8th to 1/10th the number of headaches I was getting before the surgery. I also have only had 2-3 jaw spasms in one year. I was getting those almost daily! My teeth are working a whole lot better now that they are properly aligned. I’m still getting used to the “new” face I see in the mirror. It is very strange for me when I look at old photos of myself or when I see new photos of me from a profile perspective. This surgery did really change the way I look. I’m not sure if it was for the better or worse, but I do know my wife still loves me and that’s all that matters to me! On another note, it’s been a crazy week here in the clinic. I’m working with a CPA to get my business up and running. I’m also getting ready to apply for insurance companies. I should be opening my doors by the first day of June! Ali and I close on our house May 13th so it’s going to be one heck of a busy month. Speaking of the house, our realtor stopped by my office yesterday and I took a new headshot of her for her business. She has been incredible through this whole process!

Allison Sheffield of Chinoweth and Cohen Realtors

I’m also shooting the Oklahoma City Marathon on Sunday for the fourth consecutive year so that should be a blast. I’ll also be helping to shoot a wedding that night for a friend. Life doesn’t slow down much for a while, but this truly is an exciting time. -Barnezy-

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