Monday, March 26, 2007

Surgery -- Round #2

Well, had my follow-up this morning and the Surgeons determined that the open bite caused by my surgery a couple of weeks ago can't be corrected with elastic bands or further work by the Orthodontist. They said that the most likely cause is "hardware failure" ... a problem with the titanium plate and/or screws. While I think that's possible I think it's just as likely that the Surgeon secured the titanium plates in the wrong position.

So, I now have another surgery date for Tuesday, 3 April 2007 and get to go through this whole process again. Yay me!!!

The Surgeons will be using the same incisions as before and will remove the current hardware, reposition the lower jaw, and then attach new hardware. The main differences this time is that the bones haven't had time yet to reattach fully so it'll be easier to dislocate the lower jaw and the chin augmentation surgery has already been done so I don't have to worry about that.

Now it's time for me to go grab a couple of Coronas and see if I can't figure out how to make myself a cheesecake milk shake.


Mary said...

Hey Bill, let me just say, that sucks big time! Good thing you are a Marine and can take this! I would have hit the roof. But from What I understand, it can happen to anyone. So enjoy your Coronas and I look forward to reading about your continued progress. Mary
PS--thanks for linking my blog, I will link your's too.

Mary said...

PS--Can you get a second opinion? And did your surgeon put the screws in from the outside, through your cheeks. Apparently they do this to be able to slant the screws so there is less of a chance of this happening. Maybe you can ask about that. M

Bill said...

Hey Mary. Yeah, the screws were placed from the outside through small incisions on both sides of my jaws. They're saying it's hardware failure and I truly have no reason to doubt it.

I think I just may have bad luck. I once had a root canal where the power went out half way through. Maybe I should just count my blessings THAT didn't happen :)

As to the 2nd opinion ... this morning I consulted the two surgeons who conducted the first surgery as well as the Chief Surgeon of the Dental, Oral and Maxilliofacial Surgical Department. My Orthodontist was also there. I really believe that the 2nd surgery is the best option at this point.

Kristen said...

Bill, you've got to be kidding! I'd be swearing like a sailor by now if I were you. Good thing you're a Marine and you guys are tough. But STILL!

I hope you enjoy your Corona and cheesecake milkshake. Keep them coming!

Fingers crossed for you that there won't be any hardware, software, or wardrobe failures this time.

Anonymous said...

Guess what, our internet is working. I told mom and dad tonight about your news when they came to bring us supper. I am still on the downward side of this muscle mess. They said they would call you later so you wouldn't have to talk too much today, but that they love you and will put you on the prayer list- NO MORE BAD LUCK! We love you bunches!