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Old 11-23-2009, 07:29 PM   #1
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Post-Op Healing Time?

Dear Fellow TMJers,
I'm 8 weeks post-op having had bilateral joint replacements. I'm extremely pleased with the results, the joint pain is gone. The problem is, I'm still having muscle pain. I spoke with someone in my surgeon's office today and they said that I shouldn't be concerned with this continued pain, as it's only been 8 weeks. They went on to explain (once more) that the reason for the pain is that during surgery, the muscles were moved out of the way so that the doctor could work on the joints. They did not want to commit to a time frame for when I would be out of pain.
Does anyone have any idea of how long I should expect to be in pain?
Thanks for your help.
Peggy

 
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Re: Post-Op Healing Time?

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Dear Fellow TMJers,
I'm 8 weeks post-op having had bilateral joint replacements. I'm extremely pleased with the results, the joint pain is gone. The problem is, I'm still having muscle pain. I spoke with someone in my surgeon's office today and they said that I shouldn't be concerned with this continued pain, as it's only been 8 weeks. They went on to explain (once more) that the reason for the pain is that during surgery, the muscles were moved out of the way so that the doctor could work on the joints. They did not want to commit to a time frame for when I would be out of pain.
Does anyone have any idea of how long I should expect to be in pain?
Thanks for your help.
Peggy
Hi Peggy, I"m so glad to hear that your joint pain is gone! Yippeeee!!
Are you in to alternative healing at all? If you are open to that, please research in your area Reiki Healers. You can read about it on the web, I am an energy/healer as well, so I know that it works. It will help speed up the recovery process if you are up to being open to that sort of thing. I would first call around to chiropracters and see if they know of any Reiki healers in your area. Most do, and might even have one working in their office. The only bad thing is of course the fees. It probably won't be covered at all under ins., and they normally charge anywhere from 50-75 $ a session. Just a thought. I wish you the best! Take care, J.

 
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Re: Post-Op Healing Time?

Hi Pegala

I had bilateral disc plication surgery about 2 months ago now. I was told that MMI (maximum medical improvement) is 8 - 12 months and that it takes 'several months' for joint stability to be reached.

The way it was explained to me is that it takes time for the inflammation to subside and for the fluid build up to drain away from the surgical site. Also there is a retraining of the muscles. All in all a lot going on.

I am using a Therabite jaw exerciser every hour and I notice that as my interincisal opening increases the pain levels reduce. I asked why this was and the Dr. told me its because the muscles which were shortened and contracted are finding their correct length and coming out of spasm

 
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Dear J Mitchell and Pip Dog,
Thank you for your replies and support. They were both very helpful.
I'm going to look into a Reikki Healer, it's worth a shot.
The 8-12 month healing time sounds reasonable. I should have asked my surgeon, Dr. Gary Warburton, for a time line.
I'm extremely happy with my new joints, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. The care that Dr. Warburton and the rest of his team have provided have been top notch. I'd highly recomend him to anyone else who needs joint replacement, or any other TMJ surgery.
I need to be patient, and take it easy with my new joints.
I'll keep you posted on the healing.
Happy Thanksgiving and may we all enjoy our turkey meal with a minimum of pain.
Peggy

 
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Hi, I am in the New England area and I suffer terribly with my disks being displaced. Everyone here gives me negative feedback on this surgery and I really was hoping to find something positive. Peggy, I am SO glad that you are doing well. It sounds like you have a great doctor.

My jaw is a mess. I have a mouth guard, have just been in Pt, and now they want to do injections into the joints? Do you know anything about the injections? They tell me that this surgery should be a LAST resort. I would think I could find some good doctors in the Boston Mass. area.

I get muscle spasms in my face that are like that or a charlie horse in your calf. It is incredible. Sometimes when that happens I cannot even move my mouth or the spasms come non stop.

Right now I am stable, but VERY discouraged. I have no dental ins. only medicare and I am on disability. The dental clinic here can do routine things, but they do not administer meds, for any procedures so I panic all of the time. I need some fillings and cannot get my mouth open long enough to do that. I can barely do cleanings and that is with many breaks during the cleaning.

I sometimes feel at the VERY end of my rope. I have pain meds for other issues which helps my jaw, but this does not help the disk issue or help me get my dental work done

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Hi, I am in the New England area and I suffer terribly with my disks being displaced. Everyone here gives me negative feedback on this surgery and I really was hoping to find something positive. Peggy, I am SO glad that you are doing well. It sounds like you have a great doctor.

My jaw is a mess. I have a mouth guard, have just been in Pt, and now they want to do injections into the joints? Do you know anything about the injections? They tell me that this surgery should be a LAST resort. I would think I could find some good doctors in the Boston Mass. area.

I get muscle spasms in my face that are like that or a charlie horse in your calf. It is incredible. Sometimes when that happens I cannot even move my mouth or the spasms come non stop.

Right now I am stable, but VERY discouraged. I have no dental ins. only medicare and I am on disability. The dental clinic here can do routine things, but they do not administer meds, for any procedures so I panic all of the time. I need some fillings and cannot get my mouth open long enough to do that. I can barely do cleanings and that is with many breaks during the cleaning.

I sometimes feel at the VERY end of my rope. I have pain meds for other issues which helps my jaw, but this does not help the disk issue or help me get my dental work done

Thanks
Madison104
Hi Madison,
I know of a good tmjd specialist in Mass.---you can get a consult just to see what he says about your case. Get all x-rays and stuff before the consult if you would go. His name is Dr. Ramin Mehregan, in Mass. He is a neuromuscular dentist that is a tmjd specialist. He studied under Dr. Clayton Chan, from LVI institute. He is a Functional Jaw Orthodontist as well. Take care-----J.

 
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