Thursday, June 14, 2012
Dissect, To the Bone, Saw through the Mandible
They think "the plan" can be amended. They want to move my lower jaw 12mm instead of 10mm.
One (new) doctor went over the plan in more detail using a model skull (pictured). All I could think was, "That's me in 100 years."
So, I've already written about the plan, but here's what I got from today. "Operate entirely inside the mouth - no scars - dissect the gingiva to the bone - saw through the mandible - dissolvable sutures." A little gruesome.
My mouth will not be wired shut. I'll be able to open my mouth (a little), but I'll only eat blenderized food for 6 weeks. And no splint (some freakish thing wired to your palate to keep it widened). Yay. No splint. I can expect three days in the hospital in an "ICU-type situation" (What does that mean? Is it like a TV set of an ICU?). I'll have a 1:1 nurse because of my "apnea situation."
I went to Whole Foods after my appointment and had a minor freakout. Someone is going to saw off my jaws and chin? Who thought this was a good idea?