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[QUOTE=starsdust;4612333]Hi! I am 29 years old and have been suffering with TMJ for several years.
in January 2010 I underwent an athroscopy, I had read it had high chances that it could make my TMJ better by a large %.

To the surprise of my surgeon my right side was very" iky" and messy.
My pain after surgery actually WORSEN!!!
2 weeks ago I had a Right temporomandibular joint arthroplasty, menisectomy, articular emminectomy and insertion of fat graft to right temporomandibular joint space, fat graph taken from abdomen.

I was admited for 2 days in the hospital. To the surprise of the surgeon he found that the disk had completly come out of its area, and had a huge hole in it. there was no way of fixing it. so they removed it and filled the void with some fatty from my tummy.
I have been recovering since, The pain I can not say much yet, since the pain I am experiencing is because of the procedure that was done.
Right now my face is very swollen. Unfortunantly I ( for the time being) cannot move my right eyebrow and my right eye doesnt close all the way.
I was aware that there were gonna be risks, so I am dealing with it one day at a time.
I feel very light headed, and I am not very good on my feet for too long because I get very tiered and begin to shake.
I hope if there is anyone out that that has undergone this surgery to reply.

I would like to know how long they took to recover, have you lost movementé sensation to your eyebrow or eye, has it been a permanent thing

Thank you all.
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Hello Starsdust,
I suffered from TMJ issues for 26 years, until I had a very successful bilateral joint replacement surgery done in September of 2009. As part of my treatment I underwent 2 arthroplasties on each side as well as two arthroscopic procedures on each side. I do believe that this qualifies me to address your issues with side effects from your recent surgery.
You said that you had surgery to your right side 2 weeks ago. I looks like the doctor did quite a bit of work at that time. I have had the same types of side effects from my operations as you. Being 2 weeks post-op I wouldn't worry about the swelling, numbness or other side effects.
It took my right eye 8 weeks to close after the last surgery. The doctor was concerned that it took this long for the eye to close, but since it closed it has been fine. Are you taping your eye at night? Taping it closed was a key for me to keep my eye moist.
Swelling is a common side effect too. Again it took me several weeks before all of the swelling was gone.
Being light headed and not steady on my feet are also side effects that I had. They too resolved over time, and once they were gone, they were gone for good. It was very frustrating for me not being steady on my feet as I'm independent and didn't like depending on others.
I also had some facial paralysis. My eyebrows did not move for several weeks after the procedures. After this last operation, the joint replacement, I never did get back the movement of my right eyebrows. My surgeon told me that the data is showing that 10% of patients end up with some facial paralysis.
I know that these side effects are frustrating, and that you feel like you'll never get your old face back. The good news is that most of the movement does come back. I still have some numbness on my ears, but in my book it's a small price to pay for getting my life back with my new joints.
I hope that I've helped you. If you have any more questions please let me know. Also, let me know how things work out for you.
Have a happy Halloween.
Peggy
[QUOTE=Pegala;4614046]Hello Starsdust,
I suffered from TMJ issues for 26 years, until I had a very successful bilateral joint replacement surgery done in September of 2009. As part of my treatment I underwent 2 arthroplasties on each side as well as two arthroscopic procedures on each side. I do believe that this qualifies me to address your issues with side effects from your recent surgery.
You said that you had surgery to your right side 2 weeks ago. I looks like the doctor did quite a bit of work at that time. I have had the same types of side effects from my operations as you. Being 2 weeks post-op I wouldn't worry about the swelling, numbness or other side effects.
It took my right eye 8 weeks to close after the last surgery. The doctor was concerned that it took this long for the eye to close, but since it closed it has been fine. Are you taping your eye at night? Taping it closed was a key for me to keep my eye moist.
Swelling is a common side effect too. Again it took me several weeks before all of the swelling was gone.
Being light headed and not steady on my feet are also side effects that I had. They too resolved over time, and once they were gone, they were gone for good. It was very frustrating for me not being steady on my feet as I'm independent and didn't like depending on others.
I also had some facial paralysis. My eyebrows did not move for several weeks after the procedures. After this last operation, the joint replacement, I never did get back the movement of my right eyebrows. My surgeon told me that the data is showing that 10% of patients end up with some facial paralysis.
I know that these side effects are frustrating, and that you feel like you'll never get your old face back. The good news is that most of the movement does come back. I still have some numbness on my ears, but in my book it's a small price to pay for getting my life back with my new joints.
I hope that I've helped you. If you have any more questions please let me know. Also, let me know how things work out for you.
Have a happy Halloween.
Peggy[/QUOTE]

Peggy and the rest of you Shirlette, going through so many surgeries and such, its downright scary to read all the failed surgeries and nightmares in between I must say. God bless you all .





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