I came out of surgery about 4 hours later. I didn't feel much pain due to the anesthetic.
I was in hospital for 2 nights, on a full liquid diet, with morphine. I vomitted blood a few times but that was normal. My blood pressure & heart rate was quite low. But it stabilised after a while. I was at Westmead Hospital in high dependency, I found all the nurses were lovely and very helpful.
My first day home was quite horrible as I came to terms with what I have to go through, I was hungry all the time, I was uncomfortable, very swollen. The first week I did not sleep more than 2 hours a night due to the pain. I took panadeine forte and mersyndol at one point, which all didn't work because the pain was from my teeth being clenched together by the elastics on my braces. It was very painful and uncomfortable. I wished I could go back to Monday and not walk in that hospital at all..
BUT, after the first week, the pain subsided, I was still uncomfortable, I still am..
I got used to the fact I could only have liquids, barely any pain in the jaw, it was just pain in my teeth/gums, and itching from the stitches.
I have been recovering for 3 weeks now, I've had barely any pain, it's just more annoying and uncomfortable. I have lost a fair bit of weight and I am really over having liquids, as I am meant to be on soft foods but for some reason I'm not.
The main problems I have is not wanting to go out because I feel ugly as I'm still swollen, not being able to talk clearly/properly as I'm a big talker.. I still talk.. and not being able to even eat pasta or soft foods.
I have read many reviews on here and other sites and all the reviews seem to talk about "excruciating pain" and "weren't prepared for what was coming". I wasn't prepared that first week, feeling abnormal and uncomfortable and the pain, but it did get easier. I feel more jaw pain now as the swelling has gone done a lot but its not unbearable. I hope people read this review and not completely freak out about the surgery they are about to have.
If you have to have this surgery, you need to deal with the consequences. It's a major surgery, and you won't be sore forever.
I see my surgeon tomorrow for a check up and I am praying these elastics come off and I will be able to try and open my jaw and eat and brush my teeth even!
My surgeon did an amazing job. Right now I don't have photos but I will post some later but I have had many compliments already.