I've realized that though I wrote a very basic description of what was going to be done in my surgery, including the titles of the procedures - Maxillary Osteotomy, Mandibular Osteotomy, Genioplasty (Chin), Septoplasty & Inferior Turbinectomy (Nose) - there's a big difference between knowing the names and actually seeing what goes on. My family and I have watching some videos on YouTube that illustrate what was done to me.
If you have the stomach for it - when they bring out the sawz-all and demonstrate cutting the mandible, that was just a bit much for me, even though it's just an animation - these are very interesting videos.
Here's a video for prospective jaw surgery patients, showing the basics of what is done in different cases. In my case, the section from 3:58-5:00 shows what was done to me.
Another short video showing roughly the same thing. At 1:30 the video shows something like my case, though in this example only the mandible (lower) is adjusted, while for me both the maxilla (upper) and mandible (lower) were advanced.
Here's one addressed to surgeons in training, helping them learn the procedure. Shows more detail, though just in animation. Still not for the faint of heart!
Now I'll also include a photo of an x-ray of me, post-surgery. In the photo, you can see my braces and a few crowns that replaced some molars. The rest of the hardware that shows up in the x-ray is titanium brackets and screws holding the advancement together. You can see they have been used for my mandible, maxilla, and chin as well. If you watch any of the videos, you can see demonstrations of hardware just like this being used. I look at those screws that are in my bones, and I think, "No wonder my face hurts!"
Dr. Adam Burdick has been a professional musician for over two decades. Teaching, conducting, and performing in various music genres, he is also a perpetual student with interest in a wide range of topics. He loves to ponder and share his discoveries with anyone interested!