Not As Bad As You Think. - Westmead, AU

I had 2 jaw surgery and all wisdom teeth removed....

I had 2 jaw surgery and all wisdom teeth removed. My top jaw was moved forward 7mm and my lower jaw moved backwards 2mm to form an over-jet.
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.

Nearly 4 months later

I have two conditions called dystethia and parastethia.
Dystethia is when all my nerves feel pain only, no good sensations. Even just sitting here I am in pain.
Parastethia is where I feel all symptoms - ants crawling, numb, pain, tingling, stinging, burning etc etc.
I was diagnosed with these conditions a month and a half ago, so I'm still trying to deal with it. My surgeons told me that it's rare to have both these conditions at the same time, and it will take up to 12 months for it to be cured - can't be cured with medication, only the pain can be reduced with medication.
I've had many surgeries and dental work on my mouth and have always had good outcomes, and now my last surgery turns out to be the worst.
It's difficult to eat a lot of things,

Very late update

I have forgotten to update since June last year, so just a little update for you all.

I still have the numbness on the right side of my mouth, but its bareable as I am used to it, sometimes have a lot of pain but thats normal and could be a sign of feeling coming back. My mum had surgery on her jaw about 5 years back due to a cyst and has the same thing and its still there, its bareable, and a very common side effect of jaw surgery when the nerves are being dealt with.

I still remember to this day the uncomfortableness, the pain of the teeth clenching, the hungriness etc, its something that is stuck in your brain but its kind of made me realise if I can go through something like that where my jaw was sliced up and moved around - I can do anything lol
I got my nose fixed afterward, well fixed what they had done. During surgery my nose went a little crooked, was already crooked before hand but it was worse after, so they fixed what they did which i was happy with.

I had the elastic around my braces for 6 and a half weeks but the last 2 weeks the elastic wasnt as thick so the clenching was less and i could actually sleep after that. I just remember it being very tight and hard to move..
When the elastic come off all together, MANNNN that relieffffff, but because my jaw had been stuck in the same spot for 6 weeks i couldnt open my jaw fully for a few months, every day I had to exercise it and try open it wider and wider, THAT was uncomfortable and painful BUT i could eat soft foods and I was so excited. I looked a lot healthier after that and put on a couple kilos and was able to go out.

A few months after recovery, I went on a date with a boy, face was still very puffy at this point, and i was so nervous thinking he could tell but obviously he couldnt.. He is now my fiance and father of my future baby. I had so much confidence after my surgery, being a lot thinner, having BEAUTIFUL cheek bones, chin isn't as long anymore, i have features and no more flat face! YAYYYY

Dr Lydia Lim is an amazing surgeon, my dentist Dr Kit Chan is amazing as well.
Dr. Lydia Lim.

Dr. Lim is a lovely surgeon, I had students doing my surgery too I think and they were all lovely when I met them, and my healing process has been good, and the pain is bearable therefore I give the credit to the surgeons for doing a great job.

3 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
3 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
1 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
3 out of 5 stars Wait times
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