Sunday, June 7, 2009

delivery!

I got my zip n squeeze package yesterday! The came really quick. I was not expecting it. But as I was ready the directions, they are only good for 2-3 days.....And I have 5 food bags, and 5 water bags....that's not enough for me. Seeing that I am going to be wired for 6-8 weeks. So next payday I am going to have to order more. My next ortho appointment is in 10 days!!!!!! Then my next ortho appointment in July my doc said he will more then likely give me the "okay" for surgery. So July we should be doing molds and all that jazz!
Since my Oral surgeon's schedule gets pretty full in the summer. What with kids being out of school and everything. Once I get my august appointment I am going to make my OS appointment for two weeks after. I don't know if the make the molds their or send them out....if they are just regular molds they should be done that day. YAY!!!!!!

7 comments:

  1. Hey there. I used my bags for more than 2-3 days. I just washed them out each time. Are you certain that you will be wired shut for 6 weeks?? Typically you only have to be wired if there are complications during surgery or if your midline shifts. I might be wrong, on that, but you might want to check, because if you don't have to be wired, you don't want to be! I didn't even have to have a splint. My surgeon said he wired me during surgery just to get my jaw set in place, but once he had me all bolted in, he unwired me and just put some tight rubber bands in to hold everything. I hope you don't have to be wired. And, if your not wired, you'll be done with those zip & squeeze bags after your first week probably. :) Good luck with everything!

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  2. I never had any bags, so I don't know much about them. I hope they work for you. I agree with Katherine Kelly on being wired. I had a splint for 6 weeks and bands, but was not wired shut after surgery. I hope you don't have to be wired for that long. Keep us posted. : )

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  3. my doc is old school and since he is doing both jaws he says that he will wire me shut. he says that it will help sest things in place and he also says wiring things shut reduces the chance of perminant numbness...

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  4. Gosh, I apologize in advance if I'm speaking out of place here, but I'd really get a second opinion on that, if you haven't already. I've been researching this surgery for years and I talked to a few different surgeons prior to making my final decision on the surgery. My general dentist who is also a close family friend referred me to a surgeon out of state. He told me this was the guy he would send his daughter to. I'm so glad I went with his referral. The surgeon back in Alaska is a great oral surgeon (and is also a family friend), but he is a bit old school and he doesn't specialize in jaw surgeries. He was telling me that I would probably be wired as well. The surgeon I ended up going to in Seattle was absolutley fabulous and he teams up with another fabulous surgeon and they do all of their surgeries together. They work with the latest technology and have been doing jaw surgeries together for 20+ years and do about 3 a week. I know your pretty deep into the process, but it's never too late for a second opinion. This is a HUGE surgery. I've already got most of the feeling back in my lower lip and chin, so I'm not sure that the wiring has much to do with the numbness factor...of course I'm not a OS.But, my surgeon told me that the numbness factor depends on whether or not they hit the nerve during surgery and that I'd only have to be wired if the break wasn't a clean break. I hope I'm not offending you with any of this. I'd just hate to see you go for more discomfort than you have to.

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  5. no you are not offending me in any way what so ever. I have not talked to my surgeon in forever. I will be seeing him in august I am going to ask him about being wired shut. My doc is doing about 4-5 jaw surgeries a week. but i think that is because he only cover's a small area. but as far as another doc i'm not sure if i can see another one. i am in the military so i dont have that much of a choice. I trust my OS, but now that you have mentioned the above I am definetly going to ask him about the wiring. When he told me this it was WAY back in october/november of last year...so maybe i just got it wrong. but i swear that is what he said......but i dunno...i am not sure about the technology either....i mean i know his tools are new and all that. my husband works in wupply for the dental and oral surgeon so i know his tools and stuff are new. So what do you mean by technology? and what is the difference between wiring and banding in the long run?

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  6. That's good to know that he does so many. That alone makes me feel better. Technology-wise, I don't know all the details, but I know my surgeon preformed a "mock" surgery twice, once using my models and once on the computer using my pictures and x-rays, so he would know right where the nerve runs and where the incisions should be made. He didn't have to make any incisions outside my face which was nice. I know some surgeons do make small cuts outside the mouth to place the screws.A lot of surgeons are able to use computer imaging and give you an idea of what you will look like after the surgery as well. As far as wiring vs. banding, I don't know the answer to that. It's my understanding that if the break is clean, there's just no reason to wire, unless for some reason your midline shifts after the surgery. Summer (another gal on the blog) had to end up being wired because of that. She would be a good person to ask about it. But again, if your guy is doing that many surgies a week, he's got the experience side covered and that's the most improtant part in my opinion. See, our guy in Alaska was only doing about 12 surgeries per year, which just wasn't enough for me to be comfortable with. If I were you, I would just ask him some more questions. Ask him how many of his patients experience complications or relapses and maybe get some more info on the being wired thing. Just my advice. :)

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  7. those are some good questions for me to ask my oral surgeon. I think my doc is just old school mixed in with some new school. he is a young doc....he has to be thirty something. But I think that his teachers were old school you know. or at least that is the vibe i got from him.

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