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Last Visit Before Operation: Pre-surgical Work up

April 27, 2012

Pre-surgical work up 

The per-surgical work-up  normally takes place about 3 weeks before the actual surgery. Dr. A, the oral surgeon, basically took some impressions of my bite, as well as two copies of molds of my teeth (just like your orthodontist would do before getting your braces put on). The idea is that they will do surgery on the molds first and then… chan chan chan…on you. I’m getting my surgery done at the University of Michigan Medical Center (a 6 hour roundtrip). Dr. A is arguably one of the best oral surgeons within a 150 miles radius, who studied under some of the greatest in the field: Surgeons from Harvard who have had over 60 years of experience between them. By the way, did I mention that Dr. A is only 32 years old. He said he started early.

My pre-surgical work up was going well until doctor, Dr. C (a 5th resident), who was assisting by placing the wet molds in my mouth, didn’t press the mold high enough to get a good impression. After looking at it, he kind of shrugged it out and said, “I’ll do better on the next one.”  The next set of molds he pushed it up way too hard. So much so that I had a sudden urge  to backhand him. I quickly let him know he was going overboard, so he lightened up and apologized, then he said it was just a little bet of professional pride that kicked it. I’m thinking…what? Professional pride!? Are you kidding me? I’ll show you professional pride!

Sometimes there guys forget that they’re actually working on human being. I’ll forgive him …this time, especially since he won’t be preforming the surgery…rookie. Anyhow, he said the shallowness of the first molds really didn’t matter because all they need are the tips of my teeth where the top and bottom teeth come together.

I’m looking forward to getting the show on the road.

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