Today I’m going to talk about jaw surgery prep from the beginning: picking your oral surgeon.
How do you pick the best oral surgeon for you? Shop around! If you have the ability, ask your orthodontist for recommendations of an oral surgeon.
I consulted with 3 different oral surgeons when I was getting ready for my surgery. I came in with a list of questions that I wanted to ask them, like:
-“How long will I be in the hospital?”
-“What will my recovery time be like?”
-“How long would my surgery be with you?”
-“Would I be wired or banded shut afterwards?”
-“Would your services be covered in my network of health insurance?”
-“How long have you been doing surgeries like mine?”
-“Is there anything else I should know?”
These simple questions revealed a LOT about each surgeon.
1. My first surgeon was new at doing jaw surgery, but trained underneath the guy I ended up choosing. I just couldn’t shake his lack of deep experience.
2. The second guy had been doing this for a very long time….but his philosophy seemed very antiquated. He wanted me to give 1-2 pints of blood the week before the surgery “just in case I had a lot of blood loss” (????). He also said my surgery would be 6 1/2 hours long. “That’s longer than my dad’s kidney transplant!” I responded. I just didn’t get a good vibe with him.
3. The oral surgeon I chose was in-network, and the surgeon my orthodontist recommended. He was a little cocky, but in a good way: “Look,” he said, “I do this surgery multiple times every week. I have an even worse case to do than yours this Thursday. If you were to go with me, I can tell you that everything will be fine.” (This guy’s the oral surgeon that fixes the jaws of our NHL hockey team when they get busted during a game!)
Phew! That’s the first time I’ve ever shared my experience on how I chose my oral surgeon for my jaw surgery!
I plan to make a video about this soon, but in the meantime, I hope this helps!
To those of you who are already knee-deep in oral surgery prep: How did you pick your oral surgeon for jaw surgery? Did you even have a choice?
I hope to hear from you!