Surgery updateAugust 3, 2014
For those of you who have been following my progress, sorry it has taken so long to do a new post and for those who haven’t read about my previous surgery, thank you for reading. In fact THANK YOU all who are reading this.
On Wednesday 27th August 2014, I shall be admitted into Southern General hospital in Glasgow where I will have the second of my jaw surgeries. A brief recap, A few years ago a had a pain in my teeth and went to the dentist who referred me to the hospital. After some x-rays and scans it transpired that my jaw bone had started growing again (doctors are unsure why this happened). Surgery was planned to remove the excess bone which was causing my jaw to go out of alignment. After surgery my jaw was now like “J” whereas most jaws are like “U”. My teeth were put in braces until a decision was made as to how to re set my jaw. The surgery had helped get my jaw to get back to where it was or at least about 80%. At present I can’t bring molars on my left side together and have a strong bite on my right side. My teeth at the front dont meet either which makes eating thin food (wraps, lettuce and bacon for example) problematic. Continuing measurements of my teeth (scans and molds) have shown that if jaw realigned then bite would fit again. This Tuesday, (5th August) I will get ball hooks attached to my braces. This is so that during surgery, my jaw can be wired together. A scan last December was used to make a 3D printout of my jaw and the surgeons had to decide whether to just move my jaw back into place (a possibility but jaw may not stay in place) or to make a replacement joint to replace that which was removed making my “J” jaw more like a “U”. It was the latter that was decided upon and that is what will happen in a few weeks time. I have to be there for 8am in the morning (so no need for anesthetic as I’ll be asleep already and the surgery takes all day with a recovery time of 4 weeks.
Yet again, my surgery coincides with the start of a new series of Doctor Who (last time it was at the start of Matt Smith’s second year as the Doctor) but with all the crashes at the Tour de France, the star studded Vuelta a Espana will be there to help me recover.
Many thanks for those of you who have shown me great kindness in the past and I hope you’re having a great day whenever you read this.
Ball hooks have now been added to braces.