There's a good picture of what looks like a 10 year old with it. Apparently it's mostly genetic(Yet I only know distant Aunt who is questionably related to me with it)
Why would I go through such a thing?
- Fix my bite primarily, so I can chew properly.
- My teeth have now shifted to the side as I grind sideways to chew. My teeth have been shaving down from vampire like incisors to dull boring ones.
- Talk without a lisp.
- Talk without spitting.
- Breathe through my nose instead of my mouth.(will be interesting with my year-long allergies how that will work)
- Jaw hanging down constantly as if you're a panting dog.
- Jaw profile changes for the better, and symmetry issues are resolved. (symmetry is more attractive right?)
I am blogging my small adventure here for friends and family to follow, as well as give those prospective jaw surgery people a candid take on the whole process, hopefully providing all of the necessary details.
Here's a quick picture of me smiling right now.
My Surgeon is Dr. Tocchio. He came highly recommended and is a really good guy at explaining the processes. I couldn't have picked a better surgeon. The operation was done at North York General Hospital in Toronto, Canada.
I had my Pre-Op a few days back on April 19 at the hospital and a following visit with the surgeon
The actual surgery would go down like this:
- show up to the hospital 3 hours early
- have surgery for 2 and a half hours
- stay and be monitored in the 'recovery room' for 2 hours
- Overnight for 2 nights, all inclusive, full service
They took simple baseline measurements like height, weight, blood pressure, and a sample of blood. I was first briefed by a nurse about the stay and what sort of accommodations I should be expecting at the hospital and how to prepare and was basically told everything I couldn't do forehand, and all of the great foods I couldn't eat afterwards.
Following that somewhat depressing encounter I had the chance to talk to the anesthesiologist who told me that his drug of choice would be codeine in elixir form so I put them back like a shot. Also, a tube would be running through my nose during my surgery for air which would be put in and taken out during the time that I am knocked out(thank god) and following that tube, I get another following that during my 2 night hospital stay, but the point is to equalize pressure in my stomach. I didn't understand that process but didn't interrupt Dr. Brown as he was on a roll. Something about sticking a tube down another tube is not that cool.
Following this appointment, I had an hour to kill at Ikea in which I had 2 hotdogs, pop, frozen yoghurt cone, and grabbed a 6 pack of cinammon rolls to go and was off to see mr. bossman, Dr. Tocchio, the Oral Surgeon.
Firstly, my doctor is a great guy. It always helps your own confidence when the guy doing your surgery talks about the procedure like it's no obstacle. During this official pre op session I took a few quick x rays, a mould of my mouth, and had a sensible chat bout what was going down in the jackdaw.
In summary, it turns out that my jaw was going to get the works. To ease this informative process I decided to add pictures(I apologize if they are too graphic, but I was real excited)
1. Bottom jaw - was getting cut medial, lateral, sagittal at the back of my mouth on the inside. These 3 cuts allow for the jaw to slide back and forth. It was undoubtedly going to slide back to fix the underbite.
2. Top Jaw - it was getting popped out. Apparently the top jaw can literally come out of the skull since I suppose it is floating and 'pops out' like a cutout from just under your nose. Freaking sweet. I wish that I would be awake during my surgery to see my jaw. Anyhow, it would be moved forward. This type of movement to the top jaw is called a Lefort 1.
3. Top jaw expanded - when the top jaw is popped out, it will be cut down the middle as my top jaw is too narrow. It is then expanded to be as big/bigger than my bottom jaw.
4. Top jaw moved up - I have a bit of a 'gummy smile' so when I smile, the top of my gums are showing. Basically he's removing some gum/bone above my top teeth and less gum should show the next time I smile.
5. Bottom jaw symmetry - to line things up, he's going to slide one side farther back on my bottom jaw to line up with my top jaw.
6. Bone graft - when you move your front jaw forward, apparently there's a bit of a dip in the appearance of the indent of your nose/top jaw. The excess bone on the bottom jaw that is going to be shaved off when it slides backwards is going up top! Incredible. This man is a magician.
7. Septoplasty - since the surgery involves the top jaw, the surgeon was able to straighten my deviated septum. It has improved my breathing a lot and opened up my nostrils.
8. Genioplasty - the chin would be cut and moved back to make the face less long and therefore appear shorter. It would also be straightened.
I think I tried to crack a funny like, "Oh, that's a mouthful" when he finished but I had to laugh at my own joke. The way I see it is that the worse it is now, the better it will be when I see the final product - so I hope it's pretty terrible.
I'll give more details as things move along and I get closer to surgery.