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.

 

Which Hospital?

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.