Re: Jaw Surgery - permanent numbness
- My guess is yes. I had upper/lower/genio surgery last Tuesday the
27th of August, and prepared for it by having some manual lymph
drainage therapy before surgery to "open things up" (they go into
shock after surgery), and also afterwards the day I got out of
hospital. It has dramatically reduced swelling and subsequent
numbness, although I still do have some (I can feel it going down
hour by hour now). I go on Tuesday for another session, and may have
one more after that depending on the extent of my swelling.
The lymph network runs over your entire body, and consists of lymph
nodes and lymph vessels. There are many vessels, or chains, in the
face, mandible and neck (or cervical). The physiotherapist explained
to me that the lymph pathways are, in some cases, as fine as a silk
thread, and easily blocked, causing fluids to back up into the
tissues causing swelling. The more swelling you have, the more
possibility of nerve distress or numbness. I can't answer about the
permanency of it, but my theory, confirmed by the physiotherapist,
was that the sooner I could get the swelling down, the less nerve
distress and hence numbness I would encounter. And it's been just
like that for me. Despite having quite a lot of surgery, I have very
minimal swelling and little numbness, mostly in areas that are
difficult for me to self-massage using the techniques she taught me.
It certainly wouldn't hurt to have a professional look at opening up
your lymph network. My physiotherapist trained at the Vodder Clinic
in Austria, and says that you can surf their site to see
physiotherapists in your area that may have trained there (it's a
paid listing though, so not all participate).
Cost to me was CAD 95 an hour. I expect to have a total of 4
treatments, including the pre-op one, when I'm all done.
I hope that helps. This therapy is very commonly used for breast
cancer patients who have had their lymph nodes removed.
- Well, I didn't know that the lymphatic system shuts down when we
sleep. That's very interesting.
It could be taking longer after the sessions because you
wren't "opened up" with a treatment pre-op, and also waited so long
post-op, but I could be wrong. I'm in no way an expert on this stuff!
I don't think my therapist wants to see me daily as she's given me
exercises I can do myself. Plus, she is extremely busy. She wants to
follow my case personally, and is away next week, but thinks I'll be
ok until she returns, and I'm having another session on Sat 14th of
Sept, hopefully the final one. But she says, come back if you notice
Good news, just got my insurance payment receipt in the mail - my
benefits package says I need to have a referral from a physician to
have this covered, but they covered it without! I was going to ask my
surgeon for a referral next week, but it looks like I don't have to.
On the downside, they only covered $50 of $95, but at least it's
something. The balance was paid from tax-free dollars out of my
health care spending account, which is going to be rapidly depleted
when I hit it with my surgeon's out-of-hospital fees.
Let me know how it goes, ok?
--- In orthognathicsurgerysupport@y..., john_taylor_ca
> Hi Susan,
> Todays session went well. Unlike you, I don't get any immediately
> noticable results from the sessions, but do see gradual improvement
> over the course of a few days.
> However, today I learned why our swelling is at it's peak in the
> morning. It's because the lymphatic system shuts down during our
> sleep. Who knew... (other than you, that is)
> My therapist also mentioned that MLD works best when you can
> daily sessions, as opposed to doing one or two per week.daily.
> Unfortunately, he's heavily booked, and wasn't able to see me
> My next appt is Sunday, then I have two more next week. I'm anxious
> to see how I'll feel by next weekend.
> --- In orthognathicsurgerysupport@y..., fiddlesticks22000
> <no_reply@y...> wrote:
> > Thanks, John. That just gave me a warm fuzzy feeling. Much better
> > than the tinglies any day!
> > How was today's MLD session?
> > Susan :)