Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Update 2011


Hello toothy jaw folk. Well it's almost 2 years now since my awesome fun surgery. Just wanted to post another update on all the changes that have happened... Basically, no TMJ anymore, still some numbness but I don't really mind (aka "I've adjusted"), and still some days I feel like I look funny (i.e. my face is different, and it's still a little weird to me). In any event, I am glad that I have good chompers now, and that I am no longer degenerating (or grinding and clicking and wearing down my jaw). That, and I got married! Here's a little pic of the elopement at the Art Gallery of Ontario on November 26, 2010! I married the most wonderful, kind, and loving man alive and couldn't be happier! Who knew??? :)



24 comments:

  1. Congratulations!!!! you should post some more of your wedding pics! btw I feel the same way as you about the surgery.... still some numbness and still getting used to my new face! not so simple

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  2. Congrats on your wedding!! Your blog was a lifesaver to me after my surgery! Very well written! Best of luck to you!

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  3. Congratulations! I'm having the same surgery as you on Thursday and your blog has really helped me. Thank-you for writing it.

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  4. Congratulations!
    I'm from Toronto and I am currently in the process of correcting an open bite. Your blog is great. Plus I just wanted to say that you look great! Your literally have a perfect side profile now that people dream of having. I'll be sure you use your blog as a helpful guide to get through this.

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    1. Where did you go to get it? And how did the process go I'm trying to pick a Dr but it's so hard

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  5. WOW! You have given me hope! Thanks for your wonderful information and photographs along with the timeline. Really inspiring.. and I mean it! I have to get a "re-do" done as the first maxillo/orthagnathic surgery didn't go very well, in fact my profile was amazing before the surgery.. but unfortunately the doctor "overcorrected" my face/jaw (more than 8mms) so what I have now basically resembles a "pre-op" photo instead of a post-op result. It's a mess. I have a very weak chin and hardly any jawline to speak of. I am scared to have more surgery but I know I must if I ever want my life back again. I just wanted to say you look amazing and I am so thrilled that I found your blog today.. I actually cried after reading it cause I feel like there is still a chance for me.. so thank you again! And Congrats :)

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  6. How was it that this surgery helped your TMJ? I am supposed to have the same surgery but nervous it won't help my TMJ since Doctors won't guarantee that it will fix it. I feel optimistic after reading your blog.

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  7. Hi, well, as my orthodontist said, "It's a miracle!"... he was so happy for me because I had a lot of issues with it (grinding, popping, clicking, headache in the back of my head when I looked to the left, locking for 2 weeks before arthocentesis with only a 4 mm opening (and while on vacation no less... SUCKED!), a panic attack inducing MRI (which I rode out but honestly, I thought my eyeballs were going to explode - I could actually feel my heartbeat in my EYEBALLS!, lol)... etc. etc. Nevermind being seen as a seriously overdramatic hypochondriac by a nameless surgeon out there (not Dr. Tocchio btw) because of the locking & headaches, oh my gosh the list goes on.

    Anyway, it was a really wonderful thing. Prior to the surgery, I was asking Dr. Psutka (a TMJ specialist in the GTA near Square One) what would happen and whether I would need joint replacement surgery (last resort), and he looked at my MRI and said "it's bad, but let's wait and see". I can't tell you WHY surgery fixed it (at least for now, I mean, we're all only temporarily able-bodied right?), but it did and I am so grateful for that. The alignment probably just worked - the orthodontist being a perfectionist and very skilled probably helped a lot (see Dr. C. Cameron at Yonge & Eglinton)... I followed post op directions explicitly... It could have been dumb luck too. Who knows. I didn't count on it helping either, and frankly I had sort of started to "adjust" to having tmj and mild (like a 2/10) headache pain forever (I had it since I was 15 when I had 5 impacted wisdom teeth out). I could have dealt, but was worried that it would just worsen and worsen and degenerate and then ... I would need that dreaded joint replacement. On the upside, I know a woman in her 70s who did have the joint replacement, and she was doing well and eating and speaking just fine. So, either way, I knew all would work out in the end. Could be worse, right? But good luck!!!

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  8. AnonymousJune 25, 2011

    hey!!! I had the same surgery 2 years ago, I a really happy with the results but I cannot open my mouth so much... does it happen to you?

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  9. Nah. I can open the same still. I thought I couldn't but when they compared the pre op vs post op, the post op opening was larger.

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  10. Just want to thank you for writing this blog. I just found out today that I probably need this surgery. Your blog is so informative--exactly what I wanted to know and it made me laugh too. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Congratulations :) your blog gave me hope in the past 2 years, but unfortunately, my surgery failed :S, I want to thank you again for sharing this with us, wish for u all the best :)

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  12. You are beautiful!! Congratulations on your wedding and beautiful chompers!!!

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  13. hi! you look gorgeous! i am on day 11 after a double jaw surgery, genioplasty and palate expansion, also done by tochhio. check out my blog! i can relate to everything you've blogged about
    best of luck!
    xoxo meredith
    http://sweetmeresjaw.wordpress.com/

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  14. Hi i'm not sure if you're checking your blog in 2012. I was wondering if you're still experiencing any longer term effects from the surgery e.g. nerve damage.

    Also would you highly recommend your surgeon who did your jaw surgery. I've read a few reviews on him and they'be been quite mixed. I'm looking into orthognathic surgery but with all the different results I've read about- i'm feeling quite gun shy (plus i'm over 40). Any advice

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    1. I do, but it doesn't bother me much. Most people adjust.

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    2. AnonymousMay 04, 2012

      Hello Anonymous ;)

      I had my surgery end of last year and I am 52! Granted I only had my lower jaw moved forward 7mm on both sides, but the surgery was a breeze. I had no pain whatsoever only discomfort. I had heard that other people had no pain and I thought, yeah right impossible, but they were telling the truth. Jacqui - South Africa

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  15. Hi! Thank you so much for blogging about your surgery. I am 19 and have to have the same surgery, double replacement, ginioplasty, and all. I am having it done by Dr. Wolford in Dallas. We are still fighting with insurance to get it covered, before I can have my braces put on. We are having a really rough time with them, and I was wondering if you had any tips for dealing with insurance? I don't know anyone who has had this surgery and am beyond scared, both that insurance wont cover it and for the surgery itself. Thank you!

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  16. Sorry, I don't know about insurance in the US. I would see if Dr. Wolford might write a letter on your behalf though. Cheers.

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  17. Congrats! You're wedding pics are gorgeous & you have a beautiful smile! I'm 31 yrs old & having upper/lower jaw surgery Tuesday. I'm scared to death but you're blog has given me hope! Thank you!!!

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  18. Congrats! I had corrective surgery for an underbite 16 years ago and am now feeling a lot of clicking when I eat, kiss, etc... I'm a bit nervous of having to go through it again. However, it was a life changing experience and I would and will do it again if need be. It is nice to see your life experiences on this blog!

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    1. Omg really! That scares me what if I have to go through it twice cuz down the road I get something that's happening to ! I'm already so terrified to go through the whole process .. I've been researching people's experiences and seeing if anyone regretted it cuz the surgery went wrong.. lol I'm really nervous

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  19. Ha! I could see the smile on you in this blog! Am more confident about it.

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  20. Totally un-jaw-related, but that dress is beautiful! You look very lovely in it. Congrats!

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