Is it possible for me to ever look normal again?

  • dbecker0346
  • Jersey City, NJ
  • 3 months ago

I had failed orthognathic surgery. Three weeks post-op, surgeon left the country,  My chin was on the left side of my face, could not eat or speak properly,  I choked all the time.   A wonderful oral surgery decided to help but informed me after the corrective surgery that my condylar unit was not intact, missing too much bone to put me back together properly so teeth are torqued to the right, gums have been pulled from left side of teeth (will need a gum graft), the alveolar nerves were severed and gone- could not be repaired, third branch trigeminal was severed and gone, damage to nasal passage- would require a future rebuild beyond rhinoplasty, screw protruding from left side of face and under the eye socket had to be removed.  Throat is shifted to right side and I give the appearance of a bells palsy individual (beautiful look for a a professional classical singer) and I have a permanent lisp because there is no feeling in lip, chin, right side of tongue and no taste.  Between the displaced throat, limited saliva and the inability to chew properly on the left side, I often choke.  I have no smile, lips do not meet, teeth to right and lips to left.  I speak to the right side of my face and the right side of cheek bone is lower than the left.  The reason for the above details is to make everyone aware that I have undergone a correcting surgery, but the deficits are listed above.  I know that a third surgery presents many problems; however, it is difficult to handle the comments from individuals who are void of a filter or from those who are just curious. Dawn Becker

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OMG this is horrendous! You poor thing! I thought my situation was bad as I too had orthognathic surgery and am far from happy with the results, but I am nowhere near your predicament. All I can say is that I really hope you can get your pretty face back again somehow. I do believe that medical technology these days can do amazing things, but it may take time, patience, endurance (yes more suffering) and a lot of faith. Surround yourself with positive and supportive people as you'll need all the help you can get. You deserve much much better than this! I wish you luck!
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Thank you so much for your kindness. I have one surgeon who did offer to help and I will be calling on him as soon as I get kids back on schedule and my work slows down.
I met with Dr. Jamali who was wonderful. He suggested that I visit another oral surgeon located in TX. He told me that he did not think I looked bad; however, two days later, I visited with my old dentist to follow up about a gum graft that may be needed since the teeth are torqued to the right and the gums have been pulled from the teeth on the left. My old dentist had not seen me in over three years. When he saw me, he put his hand over his mouth and said what happened. I had told the receptionist upon my visit that I had failed orthognathic surgery but she did not relay that information and the dentist was a bit taken back upon seeing me. He looked at me and said why did you do this "you had a beautiful smile" He said you should have consulted with me and we could have tried to move the bite with strong elastics. He then said that I need to have an implant put into my cheek that appears lower. After finishing up with me, he then said "go visit this surgeon in TX and see what he has to say" He also said that I am ashamed to know that a surgeon can do this and think that this is acceptable. " he said that this is downright disgusting, there is no integrity anymore"