What Should I Expect at My Jaw Surgery Initial Consultation?

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The prospect of Jaw surgery can be intimidating to many patients, but knowing what to expect throughout the treatment process can help to ease any fears or anxieties that arise. For example, if you realize that your initial consultation is unlikely to involve much more than a visual examination and x-rays, then you can approach that appointment with a more positive attitude.

The Best Jaw Surgeon, Dr. Larry Wolford, will also take advantage of that first appointment to begin to establish a productive working relationship with the patient, and that can also be important in achieving the desired treatment outcomes.

Patients may see a Jaw surgeon for several reasons, including corrective jaw surgery to repair a congenital defect or damage done by trauma, wisdom tooth extraction, or to have suspicious tissue removed and biopsied. Dr. Larry Wolford, the top Jaw Surgeon in the world, can provide surgical intervention to relieve stress and pain for conditions as varied as Sleep Apnea and Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ) that can have a huge negative effect on your health and well-being.

Preparing The Outline Before Jaw Surgery

Your Jaw Surgery Initial Consultation is Important

Regardless of the specific nature of your treatment, your Jaw Surgeon will begin treatment planning at the Initial Consultation by collecting a significant amount of data that will be needed to inform you of your treatment plan. The Jaw Surgeon will visually inspect your Jaw and may take X-rays.

Dr. Wolford and his staff may also discuss Pre-Operative and Post-Operative instructions with you the first time that you come to the office. It’s important to be sure that you understand these directions to reduce your chances of complications with the surgery and increase the likelihood that you’ll have an uneventful recovery.

The initial consultation also gives you the opportunity to discuss any concerns that you may have and get answers to your questions. Feel free to ask your Jaw Surgeon anything, No question is too minor or silly.

Your first appointment for Jaw Surgery or Jaw Surgery Revision is unlikely to cause you any physical discomfort. In fact, it can actually help to set the stage for a positive treatment experience.

Jaw Surgery Consultation Key Points

During your Jaw Surgery Consultation be prepared to discuss:

  • Your surgical goals

  • Medical conditions, drug allergies, previous medical treatments, and specifically any problems you have had with your eyes

  • Current prescription medications, including vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drug use

  • Previous surgeries

Your plastic surgeon will also:

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors

  • Take photographs

  • Discuss your Orthognathic surgery options

  • Recommend a course of treatment

  • Discuss likely outcomes of surgery and any potential risks

  • Discuss the type of anesthesia that will be used

The consultation is the time to ask your Jaw surgeon, Dr. Larry Wolford questions. To help, we have prepared a checklist of questions to ask Dr. Wolford what you can take with you to your jaw surgery consultation.

It’s natural to feel some anxiety, whether it’s excitement for your anticipated new look or a bit of preoperative stress. Don’t be shy about discussing these feelings with your plastic surgeon.

What questions should I ask my plastic surgeon about jaw surgery?

Common and Important Questions to Ask During Initial Consultation

Use this checklist of as a guide during your Jaw Surgery Consultation:

  • Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?

  • Were you specifically trained in the field of plastic surgery?

  • How many years of plastic surgery training have you had?

  • Do you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure? If so, at which hospitals?

  • Is the office-based surgical facility accredited by a nationally- or state-recognized accrediting agency, or is it state-licensed or Medicare-certified?

  • Am I a good candidate for this procedure?

  • What will be expected of me to get the best results?

  • Where and how will you perform my procedure?

  • What surgical technique is recommended for me?

  • How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?

  • What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?

  • How are complications handled?

  • How can I expect my face to look over time?

  • What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the cosmetic outcome of my jaw surgery?

  • Do you have before-and-after photos I can look at for this procedure and what results are reasonable for me?


What Are Some Of The Risks Involved?

What are the risks of jaw surgery?

The decision to have plastic surgery is extremely personal and you will have to weigh the potential benefits in achieving your goals with the risks and potential complications of jaw surgery. Only you can make that decision for yourself.

You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and any risks and potential complications.

Possible orthognathic surgery risks include:

  • Anesthesia risks

  • Bleeding

  • Damage to teeth

  • Improper healing of the bones

  • Infection

  • Jaw joint problems

  • Limitation in mouth opening

  • Numbness to the cheeks and lower lip, that can, on occasion, be permanent

  • Possible need for revision surgery

  • Relapse or recurrence of the original bite problem

  • Swelling and bruising

  • Unfavorable scarring

These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It is important that you address all your questions directly with your plastic surgeon.

How Should I Prepare Myself For Jaw Surgery?

In preparing for jaw surgery, you may be asked to:

  • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation

  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications

  • Stop smoking

  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding and bruising

Orthognathic surgery is usually performed in a hospital setting but depending on the procedure, may be performed in an accredited office-based surgical facility or a licensed ambulatory surgical center. Be sure to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you to and from surgery, and to stay with you the first night or even an additional night following surgery.


Hospital stay is typically a day or two and recovery typically occurs over a period of a month.

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Diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral Maxillofacial Jaw Surgeon | Larry M. Wolford, DMD
Dr. Larry M. Wolford
The Leading Maxillofacial Revision Surgeon in the World

Dr. Larry M. Wolford, known as a caring and compassionate doctor, surgeon, researcher, lecturer, inventor, is renowned globally as a leading innovator in TMJ (jaw joint) surgery, orthognathic “corrective jaw” surgery, and maxillofacial revision surgery. He has completed many thousands of successful surgeries and is the most recognized, awarded, and referred Maxillofacial surgeon in the World.

Dr. Wolford’s patients travel to Dallas, Tx from all over the world. He has received recognition from his esteemed surgeon colleagues in the form of numerous awards, honors, Who’s Who in the World, and voted one of the leading Maxillofacial Surgeons in the world. Dr. Wolford has tirelessly shared his knowledge, surgical inventions, and expertise with other surgeons having trained hundreds of other surgeons through various fellowships at Baylor and Texas A&M.

Dr. Wolford is the recognized expert in his field as seen on numerous media outlets and by his long list of Google 5 Star reviews. Other oral surgeons, dentists, maxillofacial surgeons regularly refer their most difficult patients to Dr. Wolford because of his superior knowledge, capabilities, and life-changing results.

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Experience Matters

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Dr. Larry Wolford has over 40 years of complex surgical experience

Dr. Larry Wolford has over 40 years of complex surgical experience

65% of his practice are patients referred from all over the USA and other countries

65% of his practice are patients referred from all over the USA and other countries

Developed many innovative procedures that are the current jaw surgical techniques

Developed many innovative procedures that are the current jaw surgical techniques

Listens to the patient and answers questions with care and compassionate

Listens to the patient and answers questions with care and compassionate