So. Tomorrow, we sally forth to Oakland Kaiser, where I have a date with bone saws and destiny. We met with my new surgeon again on Monday, and Dr. P― is confident that this time the procedure (bilateral sagittal split osteotomy, or BSSO) will be successful (almost too
confident, but then, he is a rockstar in his field; I have high hopes that he'll add the bionic upgrades I've drawn up).
Below is my latest cephalometric radiograph. When compared with the one from June 2008
, you can see that the bone graft in my chin has filled in nicely. Dr. P― does BSSOs a bit differently from my last surgeon; I'll have snazzy titanium plates screwed to my mandible, and my jaw will be wired closed with a splint between my teeth for ten days. Mmm, broth.
Many thanks for all the well-wishes. tutordennis
will be with me at the hospital, and they have friends and family scheduled for visits when I return home. tutordennis
will also be Twitter
ing from my phone with tomorrow's post-surgery update. I'm in good spirits, and anticipate a fairly smooth recovery. I'll be able to return to work in four weeks, and will have the brackets removed in six months (scheduled for mid-July). Catch you on the flip side!Nota Bene
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