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I am new to this. I just had bilateral tmj replacements 8 days ago. I had orthognathic surgery Dec.6 last year and have been unable to eat since!
I ( REMOVED ) and trusted my original surgeon. All I can say is Thank You God for making sure I got a second opinion before I allowed my original surgeons to "try" a disc tie-back procedure. Dr. Wolford did the 2nd opinion as well as the surgery. Until I went to see Dr. Wolford, I had not had an MRI (I had no jaw dysfunction prior to my first surgery). He told me and showed me on the MRI how arthritic the joints were, especially the left. Also, both discs were dislocated anteriorly, and the left was so severly deformed and degenerated that they felt that there was a high probability that the tie back procedure would not even relieve my pain. He also explained that although I had arthritis and dislocated discs for years, the repositioning of the jaw was the key factor in my sudden onset of pain and dysfunction.

I was in pain every single day, taking a lot of medicines and still having to work and be a good mom. I can honestly tell you I have less pain now than bfore the surgery. The first 2 days were very tough, but I can tell already that I will be able to eat food when they give me the okay.

Going to Dr. Wolford was the best decision I've made in a long time.
[QUOTE=nora22;3155695]I just had bilateral tmj replacements 8 days ago. I had orthognathic surgery Dec.6 last year and have been unable to eat since!
I ( REMOVED ) and trusted my original surgeon. All I can say is Thank You God for making sure I got a second opinion before I allowed my original surgeons to "try" a disc tie-back procedure.

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Could you or someone else explain this?

What are bilateral replacements? What is orthognathic surgery? Why are you glad you didn't have the tie-back procedure? I have a locked jaw and am considering it.
Hello,
Nora22. I hope that you are feeling good. Please take care of yourself over the next few months.

Webo. TMJ total joint replacement. I had this procedure done about 2 years ago. Basically, my doctor took out most of my condyles. He screwed in two titanium replacements to take their place. He put in a 'cup' for the top part and he put in a fake disc. I had this done on both sides. For about a month, I had 'arch' bars 'sewed into my gums with rubber bands, in the hopes of the joint not dislocating. I had to have a minor surgery a while later to have them out. (Oh, ya. I had the total concepts implants...my ins. would only cover those implants)

It took me a good three-six month to 'recover' from the surgery. Just the anesthesia and the like.

I thought that the surgery would help my severe pain. But, it didn't do that. My hearing and vision go out. I am still unable to touch the bones on my face...as the most sharp pain radiates.

Surgery is such a personal decision. I tell people to really think about it and do some soul searching before making the decision for a total joint replacement.

I thought I did. But, now, I am faced with a lifetime of pain that will never go away. And, now....doctors don't even want to touch me (I can't even get my teeth cleaned...doctor's see me as a huge liability).

TMJ replacement surgery is an intense surgery. I was basically out an entire day. And, it doesn't necessarily mean your pain will decrease.

Just my story....I know everyone has different experiences with theirs...Just really think about it, for those of you considering it.

Take care...
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