Originally Posted by queenbuzz
I'm scheduled to have this June 30 and would like to have any of your current thoughts on having it done! I'm a little nervous about the whole procedure! How is your pain now?
Excellent timing on your question queenbuz as I just saw the Oral Surgeon today!
I have not taken any pain meds since last Tuesday. As I was not on them the first or second day due to I was still numb on the first and used ice on the second, I was on them less than a week.
I would say I have about 85-90% of my tongue flexibility back. It is only sore on the underside in the back.
Doc says everything is healing nicely. What they do is peel back the skin, cut out the bones, and then stretch the skin back and then suture it to your teeth. The puffiness under the skin is from the blood clotting and it is almost the size of the original tori after the surgery. However, that went down after week 1 and is still going down. That worried me a bit because it almost looked like he didn't take out that much but he really did.
I saw the x-ray taken a week before surgery today and you can't see my bottom front teeth due to the bones were so large and growing above them. Doc says although mine were large, he once took out tori the size of golf balls! Yikes!
There is a small portion of small bone on the left side that I was concerned about but what is happening is the skin is just growing back and he says that should take care of it but if it does not in another 2 weeks, he will numb me there and file the sharpness down.
So, all in all I feel good about this.
I went to a dinner party friday night and someone made the comment that I was enunciating better. Yes, my lisp is going away. I still have a little as, like I said above, the skin is still growing back together and the blood cuts under it are still being absorbed by my body. I suspect in another 2 weeks I should be fine.
One more thing queenbuzz, make sure you ask how many of these procedures your doctor has done. Although I think I am fine, I forgot to ask that and when I was in pain that is all I could think about.
I also had the doc look at some bumps I can feel with my tongue and he said everything looks normal and those are most likely salivary glands I feel.
He took out the final suture (the only one that did not come out itself) so, other than I still need to be careful and not eat hard food that requires chewing (I have a small sore on the skin from trying to do that Friday night!), I am good to go.
Make sure you stock up on jello, pudding, applesauce, all your favorite juices (I did the Carb Countdown Low Carb chocolate milks -- went through gallons of the stuff!), spaghetti, really anything that will allow you to just swallow with much if any chewing. You won't be eating anything for the first few days, just milkshakes and juices.
Don't buy straws. There is something about the sucking action that actually agravates the new skin. I got the sports water bottles that you squeeze that minimizes anything you have to use your mouth for. Make sense?
You won't be able to swallow much at all the first few days but make sure you have someone with you who can call the doc because you have to be able to swallow a little bit and if you can't due to swelling, you will have to call the doc.
well, that is about all. It is worth it, especially if you have suffered as long as I have. I noticed yesterday morning that the little tiny blood pressure pill have have been taking for years just slides right down now. It always got stuck before. That will give you some idea about how much better you will be without the large tori!
I also paid a surprise visit to my dentist just to show off because they always made comments about the bones.
Best to you on June 30. That is my next appointment day with the Surgeon and should be my last.