My name is Ryan and I am undergoing orthognathic jaw surgery in the near future to hopefully correct a number of issues caused by abnormal jaw growth.
The problems I have include:
- Facial Asymmetry – Unilateral Condylar Hyperplasia
- Uneven bite / Posterior Crossbite
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea / Small Airway
- Difficulty speaking
- Difficulty chewing
- Tongue Thrust
- Deviated Septum
I had always known something was wrong with my jaw and after two failed rounds of braces, I decided that my skeletal discrepancy could only be corrected with orthognathic surgery. I began my journey by consulting with oral surgeons in my area. After going to 5 different consultations, I received 5 different answers ranging from no surgery to joint surgery. I started to perform my own due diligence and researched the top oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the country. I next consulted with Larry Wolford. Although extremely thorough, his surgical plan included a high condylectomy and Mitek anchors. I wasn’t willing to operate on my joints just yet so I called Drs Arnett and Gunson in Santa Barbara, CA. I was warned by them that Mitek anchors would potentially cripple my jaw. This was quite alarming and I next went to Santa Barbara for a consultation. I’ve decided to have surgery with Dr. Gunson.
He recommended double jaw advancement with counter clockwise rotation. Upper jaw surgery: 3 piece multisegment. Lower jaw: Bilateral Saggital Split Osteotomy (BSSO). I feel that advancing my jaws forward and correcting by bite will resolve a lot of my issues. After a long struggle with insurance, I finally was approved to have surgery so I am biting the bullet and going for it.
I think I’m in good hands with my surgical/orthodontic team. I’m hoping for the best while still maintaining realistic expectations. I hope this blog will help somebody with the same struggles that I’ve been through.
Dr. Gunson (Surgeon) – Santa Barbara, CA
Dr. Coleman (Orthodontist) – Syracuse, UT