So, I had my last appointment with Dr. O'Ryan and a class I had to take with other jaw surgery patients, but lets back up to yesterdays appointment with the orthodontist. I thought I was just going to be in and out quickly for surgical molds, but it turned into a 2 hour ordeal. I got my pre op xrays done this past Friday and brought them in with me just in case my ortho wanted a copy, and I'm glad I brought them in! He caught a few blunted roots on my front top teeth. Root resorption is something I knew was a risk of adult orthodontia, but it usually happens if you're in braces for a really long time or your genetically susceptible to it. Maybe I'm the latter since I've only been in braces ten months. Regardless, doesn't matter how it happened, but it did, and I may need to cut my treatment short and get the braces off soon after surgery. Leaving me in braces would risk the root getting further damage and might cause me to loose a few of my front teeth. That would suck a little bit!! So, that was pretty crappy news. But my surgeon lifted my spirits back up a little today when she took a look at the xrays and said the roots are just showing the beginning signs of shortening, so I might end up being OK and get the treatment finished up 3-4 months post op. Phew... good news.
And over all today the appointment was good news all around! Surgeon said my ortho has done a really great job of widening my arch with braces alone, so she might not have to do that much work there. That is huge in terms of having to have a splint in for longer and take a little longer to get through some of the recovery. If all goes well with this, sounds like I'm going to be wired shut for 10-14 days with the splint in, and then it all comes out and I switch to the tight bands to hold everything together. AND... I don't have to have just broth during those first few days post op. I can have what I want that is liquid consistency enough to get it in. So, most of my soups and stuff that I have been busy prepping should work great as soon as I'm home. I may also only need 1 night in the hospital instead of 2. After the wires get cut after the 10-14 days, I can get some soft foods in-- mash potatoes, eggs, etc. But, even with the new time frame they said expect to loose 8-10lbs. Guess it was good I packed on that much extra weight leading up to this!
I picked up my post op meds at the pharmacy-- a HUGE bottle of liquid hydrocodone, and I got some xanax to help with the anxiety I've been having. I'm going to do my best to hold off on taking that until I absolutely need it the few days or the day before surgery. Just a blood panel at my local doc and a pre op phone appointment stand between me and jaw surgery. Can't wait to be on the other side of this! And who knows.... maybe I'll be brace free and done with everything by mid/late summer. A million dollar smile in time for my birthday. I'll take it! :)