TMJ surgery can be a nerve wracking process if you are not prepared…but if you take some time to anticipate what you might need, and learn from patients who have been through it before you, we think you will feel empowered and less nervous.
I have talked with many TMJ disorder patients over the years, and they have shared their tips for surgery with me. After a while, I noticed most of the advice was very similar… it didn’t matter if the patient was having a TMJ arthroplasty, arthrocentesis, or any other type of TMJ surgery.
Most patients felt MUCH better and less nervous if they took the time before jaw surgery to prepare, become knowledgeable about their condition and particular procedure, go over the options, and talk with and get support from fellow patients who had been through the same thing before them. I don’t think this is unique for TMJ, it applies to any kind of surgery!
Here are some specific tips to help you prepare for surgery:
- Test out different types of meal replacement shakes (Ensure, Boost), or protein powders *before surgery so that you know which ones you like the most.
- Purchase supportive pillowsto keep yourself comfortable in bed. Everyone is different, but the most mentioned pillows are back wedges, neck supports, and regular pillows to put on either side of you to support your arms while you need to be laying upright.
- Set up your bed area and nightstands or couch so that you do not need to bend over, get up, or move around to find things when you are recovering.
- Get your prescriptions filled before the surgery.
- Depending on what your doctor recommends, a child sized toothbrush or water-pik could be useful if you cannot open your mouth very wide.
- Stock up on your favorite frozen veggies to make moldable ice packs (we like frozen peas or corn).
- Buy pajamas that do not have to be put on over your head.
- Robes are also convenient if you get hot or cold easily, or if you will be having visitors in the hospital. Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Robes are SO soft, they are my favorites & the ones I always give as gifts. Click below for more tips and to share your tips!Read More »TMJ Surgery Tips – What Has Helped You Through Recovery?