Hey man, glad to see your surgery went fine. I always dig seeing people post-op x-rays. Hows the swelling? Aren’t you something like two months post-op now?
Swelling is pretty much gone. I just have a bit around my nose and upper lip.
Yeah, tomorrow marks 2 months.
If that pic in your About section is post-op… wow… what a difference. You look amazing!
Was this done at A&G? If so, was it A or G? 🙂
All the best on your recovery.
The picture in the “about” section is pre-op. thanks for the compliment but I definitely had some asymmetry there. I’ll send you a separate email.
Thanks, looking forward to the email. Have a few more questions for you as well.
I got the link to your blog from PostGradGrin, and she mentioned that you might be a good resource in regard to patients traveling from out of town to see Arnett/Gunson.
I live in the Midwest, and will possibly be having surgery with Dr. Gunson. Speaking with Cindy on the phone, she mentioned that patients are required to stay for three weeks after surgery, and anything after that is up to patient discretion. I inquired about staying for a longer period of time (wondering if that would be at all beneficial), and she said that they have had patients stay for up to three months, but that would be completely up to the individual. I would rather come home as soon as possible (for many reasons), but am able to stay in Santa Barbara for a few months if that would benefit the process. Any thoughts?
Thanks Ryan. Hope that you are doing well!
I stayed in a rental on http://www.sbvacationrentals.com
I highly recommend getting a rental. I have a coupon of some sort to pass on to somebody if you’re interested. It’s something like 2 days free. I’d have to check again.
Most patients stay 3 to 4 weeks. I chose to stay a month because you avoid paying taxes on a rental in you stay for a month or more. You don’t need to stay longer than a month. I was driving by then and drove most of the way home myself.
A rental was very comfortable when recovering. It would have been cramped in a hotel room for that long.
Thank you so much for taking the time to respond. Being that it will be a while before I have surgery, I’ll pass on the coupon, but thank you very much for the offer.
Thanks Ryan. All the best!
Hi Ryan. Since it has been a few months, have you noticed improvements in being to smile naturally? It’s one of those things I’m looking forward to. My doctor told me yesterday that it usually takes 6 months. Was that the case with you?
It’s getting close to normal. I’m still a little stiff bit I think it will continue to get better.
Good to know! 🙂 I remember trying to laugh the first week after surgery and learned how PAINFUL it was. I didn’t know I had a stitch inside my upper lip! After 2 weeks, I can finally laugh and not have it hurt as much. I feel that smiling would be a wonderful thing to tackle.
Stay away from funny movies.
Hey there, I also have condyler hyperplasia ( my asymmetry looks a little worse than yours did, and my open bite on the right is also more open than yours slightly) and am scheduled for surgery on Oct.10, same surgery you had. My condyles are flat and worn from wear and tear, so my main concern is being in more pain postop than I am right now! I’m 34, and have been in braces for 14 months. I consulted with Dr. Gunson and was very impressed with him but so far from home (Va) that I’ve decided to stay local. Hoping i dont regret that decision. Congrats on a successful surgery!
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