Jaw Surgery (Orthognathic Surgery) Recovery Time Information

orthognathic jaw surgery is used to fix the jaws and teeth of patients who have problems with bad bite or with one of the jaws protruding or other similar problems. The word orthognathic itself means straight jaws and the surgery intends to do that.

Persons require orthognathic surgery for lot of reasons. While some suffer from the breathing problems or chewing problems and undergo orthognathic surgery in order to gain recovery from those, others undergo the surgery for cosmetic purposes. In these cases the surgery intends to move one or the other jaw or change the shape of their teeth arrangements to make small changes in their facial appearance.

Orthognathic surgery has undergone a lot of changes over the years and has become very safe and simple for both the doctor and the patient, by reducing the surgery time, recovery pains and the recovery period. Most of these are due to advancements in the field of orthognathic surgery which has introduced new machines, new surgery techniques etc that reduce the number of cuts and sutures required during the surgery and thus reduce the surgery time as well as the recovery times.

Before undergoing an orthognathic surgery, a patient should ensure that they get all the required details from their doctor. The doctor will also perform an initial evaluation in order to get complete details and also take some pictures and models for later use. The patient should gather information about the orthognathic surgery, surgery procedures, pre and post surgery restrictions, recovery periods and care to be taken, cost of the orthognathic surgery, cost of medicines etc, during the recovery period and other relevant details. They should also hear about the alternatives and risks associated.

In general orthognathic surgery is simple surgery that takes a few hours and can be done on an out-patient basic with minimal anesthesia which ensures that the recovery time for the patient is pretty quick. After the orthognathic surgery, before discharging the patient, the doctors will provide information about the post-operative care and any instructions regarding the recovery period.

After the orthognathic surgery, during the recovery period, the patient should take semi-solid diet for a few days, so that they can avoid chewing and then should gradually move on to softer foods and then to hard foods over a period of six to seven weeks. The patient is also expected to reduce his physical activity in order to help the healing process. After a few weeks or a couple of months, the patient can go back to his normal routines.



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