Maxillary Osteotomy (upper jaw surgery)
In this procedure, the surgeon makes cuts below both eye sockets so the entire top jaw, including the roof of the mouth and all upper teeth, can move as one unit. The teeth and jaw are moved forward until the upper and bottom teeth fit together properly.
Once the jaw is realigned, tiny screws hold the bone in its new position. These screws are smaller than a bracket used for braces and become integrated into the bone structure.
The above description only includes the upper jaw, but my surgery also involved the lower jaw. So here's a pretty neat video that includes both. Don't worry, its not gross! =P
As you can see, jaw surgery is a pretty major thing. Official recovery takes about 90 days, but a lot of other jaw surgery survivors say it takes 6 months to a year to feel normal again. I'm hoping to be on the fast track, but whatever the case may be, I have this wonderful blog to record my progress and keep you informed!