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Old 10-21-2009, 02:52 AM   #1
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Post Surgery - One Month Later

I had bilateral disc repositioning surgery just over a month ago.

Changes to date:
  • No jaw deviation on opening, its straight up/down movement now, no detour
  • Opening has increased from 40mm to 43.5mm, target is 50mm by Christmas
  • Face is symmetrical again
  • TMJ area still painful but less so
  • No clicks / pops / twangings

On a non-chew/liquid diet, lost 10lbs already and doing the Therabite exercises on a half hourly basis.

Also had the appliance adjusted last week and the bite needed to be slightly corrected / balanced. On this visit I was told that most of the patients are those like me who have had 4 pre-molars removed for childhood othodontics or whiplash victims. Both can cause the TMJ discs to dislocate. I'm just being patient - its weird though, life on hold, my only 'job' being the exercises.

 
Old 10-24-2009, 02:53 PM   #2
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Re: Post Surgery - One Month Later

Those all sound like positive changes, Pipdog. Congratulations. I'm sure you're looking forward to something besides liquids for sustenance. Do you keep up the frequency (every 1/2 hour) of exercises until you reach your goal? That sounds very ambitious. I have an appointment for a 2nd opinion before deciding pro or con for the surgery. I hope things continue to progress well for you. Thanks for the update.

 
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