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mandibular fracture

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  • Posted By: Helpless in pain
  • April 12, 2008
  • 05:09 AM

I have been living a life of ***l since february 19th. I broke my jaw. It was an angle fracture by the jaw line on my lower jaw. They put in a plate with a few screws but it got infected. So I had this surgery a few days ago in which I was put under anesthesia. They made intra oral incisions and cleaned up the area between the broken segments and placed a wire to hold these segments together. Surprisingly the swelling wasn't very bad after surgery. Now here is where the problem comes in. Today is the 3rd day since the surgery and I went to the doctors for a check up . They took an xray and noticed that these two segments are not in the right position. The segments are together but it is skewed up a lil bit. They told me they're not sure what they want to do yet. My question is what are the complications if I don't have another surgery to correct this. If it isn't necessary to have surgery again I don't want to. I've been wired for almost 2 months and have already had a plate put on the inside of the fracture. I guess they want to make an external incision on my neck and place a plate and screw on the segments to align them. What will happen if I decline this procedure? If the segments heal in this unfavorable position what are some of the long term side effects. It isn't a drastic misalignment. Its off by maybe a centimeter or 2. I feel really good after the surgery. There was not much swelling this time and I am no longer awakened in the middle of my sleep with sharp pains by my ear and cheek. So I just wanna know what might happen if I decline this surgery. Honestly one of the main reasons I don't want to do it is because I don't want a scar on my neck and would like to be able to grow a beard without a huge gap in it. Also I can't afford to miss any more work than I already have. Please any one who has had this procedure or has declined to it to take there chances please respond and tell me what I should do/

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  • Hi there, im sorry ur having a rough time at the min. One thing u need to be careful of is TMJ (Temporomanidibular Joint Disorder) google it to find out more. TMJ also effects the trigeminal nerve. I suffer with TN (trigeminal neuralgia) & it is the worse pain imaginable.:eek: I dont know if ur broken jaw & it slightly out of alighnment will effect u & cause this pain but u should check it out, because if this does happen believe me u would rather have a scar than this.......... it really would be the least of ur worries. I do hope that ur jaw heals well & no lasting problems. Good Luck :)
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