Hospital and Recovery
How much pain and length of recovery?
Most patients worry about the pain after surgery however, the pain and discomfort is quite manageable. During surgery, a long-acting local anaesthetic is given so that patients do not wake up with much pain. Patients are connected to a drip attached to an automatic pain medication dispenser which they can activate by pressing a button. This is removed once patients no longer are using it usually in 48 hrs after which pain tablets such as Nurofen or Panadeine Forte are sufficient.
Dr Lim performs 2 jaw surgeries at the Sydney Adventist Hospital where there is an Intensive Care Unit for post-operative recovery. Lower jaw surgery and genioplasty can also be done at Hunters Hill Hospital.
How long do I stay in Hospital ?
Single jaw surgery - 2 to 3 nights
Double jaw surgery - 4 to 5 nights with first night in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
How long is the surgery?
Single jaw surgery will take 2 to 3 hours and double jaw surgery 4 to 5 hours on average.
How much time off do I need to recover?
3 weeks is recommended to be off work or school. 2 weeks is possible to commence light duties or reduced school activity at week 3. Soft diet needs to continue for a total of 6 weeks after which time full recovery is expected.