Post-Op Update

Well, it’s me. My surgery went pretty much according to plan. My dentist extracted all four of my impacted wisdom teeth. He was amazingly careful and thoughtful when it came to my jaw and all of the problems that he knows I have with it. Thank goodness, because even with all of the precautions he took I’m in a ridiculous amount of pain.

I can barely open my jaw wide enough to stick the pills I was prescribed in my mouth. This is one occasion that my over bite is working in my favor, without it I don’t think I’d be able to get anything in it at all. I’m to eat only mush-like food for the first week (yum…) and even that’s causing me a lot of grief. I can’t really talk so texting is coming in handy at the moment. My dentist said that after a few days if my jaw feels ready I should start light physiotherapy on it. He numbed it during the surgery so that it would stay numb for the first 4-6 hours after I woke up, which was also probably very helpful pain-wise. Once the freezing wore out though, it was highly unpleasant. 

My dentist had to cut two of my wisdom teeth into tiny pieces to get them out. Stitches were put in all four areas so I don’t have to worry too much about them bleeding. My nose is a mess from the tube they put through it and down into my throat. My nose wouldn’t stop bleeding until later today. Cold water and things feel lovely on my mouth and throat.

I’ve been instructed to follow an ice on, ice off routine. 20 minutes with the ice on my jaw, 20 without and so on, all day. It’s a pain in the butt but the ice feels good and it’s supposed to make quite a big difference. They didn’t have to do the catheter and I didn’t have any urinary retention afterwards (yay, but odd), so that was good. As soon as I was fully awake in the hospital I just wanted to go home and sleep. I’m in a lot of pain, but compared to the last surgery I underwent it’s nothing. I’d say this pain is about a 6 or 7 compared to the 8 or 9 that I had after my last eye surgery. But still, even a 3 out of 10 is unpleasant so, I’m definitely not walking on sunshine.

There is humor to be found though. I can’t look in the mirror because it makes me want to laugh and that would hurt too much. That’s because my face is so swollen that I’m starting to look like an entirely different person. The Godfather or a chipmunk comes to mind or an over exaggerated caricature of myself. It seems like it’s still getting bigger.

For once the nurses at the hospital actually seemed to know what Marfan Syndrome was, or at least they’d heard of it. Though, one sounded surprised and confused when my chart said that I had aortic root dilation, which I think is the most important thing for them to know about MFS.

I was searching for stories about other people who suffer from TMJ who had their wisdom teeth removed. I wanted to know how long it took them to heal and what their experiences were. If you have a story feel free to share it.

Wisdom Teeth

I go into the hospital tomorrow at around 7:45 am to get all four of my wisdom teeth pulled. Because of my jaw problems (major TMJ) my dentist decided that he’d have to put me to sleep, which is really the only way to go. I can hardly open my jaw and when it is open it get’s really sore and tired really fast. We talked quite a bit about how best to keep it from being too painful when I wake up and from giving me really bad headaches. They’re going to try to manage the pain as best they can when in the hospital and I’ve been prescribed muscle relaxers and anti inflammatory meds to start taking tonight.

So, fingers crossed that tomorrow won’t suck too bad. I’m used to getting put to sleep so that’s no big deal and I don’t freeze well so it’s probably all for the best that that’s how it’s being done. My bottom two teeth are completely sideways so he’s going to cut them in four and pull them out that way. They’re more than likely going to have to put a catheter in while I’m asleep because the anesthetic gives me urinary retention (as does everything these days). But, I’d rather they get that over with than me having to come back later in the day to get it done. It was also suggested to me that I mention to my dentist the fact that people with Marfan Syndrome tend to dislocate more easily than others, so that he’s more careful with my jaw. Yikes.

Anyways, I’ll let you know how it goes. If it goes well you’ll probably be hearing from me tomorrow.