I remember the doctor appointment like it was yesterday… I was sitting in the dental chair with my legs swung over to the side, facing my surgeon. He had “that look” on his face – you might know the one….a mixture of concern and, “I… Read More »You’ve Been Told You May Need Surgery…. Now What???
1. Dealing With Insurance If your insurance company denies coverage for your TMJ surgery there are several steps you can take. The important thing to remember is to be consistent, and pay attention to deadlines. You may appeal the decision not to pay by writing… Read More »TMJ Surgery Toolbox..Ten Things That Will Help You Get Ready
In the last post, I shared with you my journey up until about a year ago. If you haven’t read it, click here to catch up. Once I realized that I was the only one that was going to make any changes in my own… Read More »The Road to Feeling 85% Better – Part 2 – One Change Causes a Huge Shift
Making the decision to have TMJ total joint replacements implanted at age 24 was not easy. Advice came from all directions and all viewpoints; I should do it because it would increase my quality of life…I should not do it because it was a gamble… Read More »My Road to Feeling 85% Better After a Diagnosis of Chronic Intractable Pain – Part One
Take Care of Yourself 1. Keep a pain journal. We have a free download for one in our Toolbox (enter your name & email to the right and you’ll get access to it). 2. Get some fresh air everyday. 3. Yoga is great for… Read More »Top 21 Things To Do While Recovering From TMJ Surgery
We received this letter from one of our members and wanted to share it with you. Please note that not everyone is going to have the same results, but we felt that in light of the fact that we are getting so many questions… Read More »One of Our Members Tells Her TMJ Total Joint Replacement Story
Hi everyone! Welcome to the first news round-up on our new site! It is definitely starting to be winter here in Atlanta.. this week it was in the 30’s one night! Today, however, it was absolutely beautiful. So let’s get started with today’s news round-up.… Read More »October TMJ & Pain News Round-Up
Do you have a TMJ mitek anchor, or do you know anyone who does? If so, we need to hear from you. We will also keep you updated on any mitek anchor related news. Please either email us at email@example.com or leave a message on… Read More »TMJ Mitek Anchor Patients – Please Contact Us
There are a few things that you should be looking at when trying to find a protein supplement that is right for you. Whether you are looking for a protein powder that will serve as a protein booster because you are having trouble getting the recommended amount of protein or as a meal replacement after jaw surgery, you will need to know what the different types are, the ingredients, nutritional value, and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
The choice of which protein supplement you choose will depend on several factors:
- How long has the product been on the market?
- How long is the list of ingredients?
- Is there any feedback available?
- Is it a supplement or a meal replacement?
- Will it be used as a weight loss or weight gain tool?
- Are you lactose or soy intolerant?
- Do you have allergies?
- Where will you consume it? If at home you have the luxury of using a blender,
and adding other products such as fruit and yogurt. If you are at the office you
will be far more limited in preparation and may opt for pre-made shakes.
Taste is one of the most important factors……it doesn’t matter how good the the protein powder is if you can’t manage to swallow it!
Most protein powders come in small packets….try it before you purchase a large container.
Research your options since there are hundreds of products on the market. You will want to find one that has a high quality protein, is free of additional supplements, and low in fat and sugar.Read More »Choosing Protein Powder After Jaw Surgery (& How to Avoid the Gross Aftertaste)
Having jaw surgery can be daunting, but if you go into the experience knowing what to expect, and being prepared for everything you will be going through, it will be a much smoother experience. Sharing tips with your fellow patients is also a great way to learn, since those who have been through the procedures can tell you what it was like and what they would do differently. Here are a collection of questions you need to ask when you are considering having TMJ surgery:
Know the Basics
- Why do I need to have this procedure?
- Exactly what surgery are you recommending?
- Are there any alternatives that are non-surgical?
- Will my insurance cover this?
- If not, how much will it cost?
Make a Pros & Cons List
I suggest making a list of the pros and cons of having the surgery. The following questions will help you put this list together.
- What are the benefits of having this surgery?
- What are the risks?
- What would happen if I decide not to have the operation?
- What are the success rates for this procedure? What are the success rates for any alternatives?
- What will happen if it does not work?