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A 16-year-old female asked:

I'm thinking about getting surgery for my underbite, but i'm not sure how long i would have to stay inside for, because of the swelling. ?

5 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Surgery: i am not an oral surgeon, but jaw surgery that would require you getting your bone manipulated takes weeks to recover.
Dr. Frank Swerdzewski
Dentistry 46 years experience
You would be wired shut for at least 6 weeks. Like any surgery, post -op, apply ice to minimize swelling.which would add to a shortening the time of the swelling
Nov 19, 2014
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
Weigh options: You have to set priorities on the benefits now of getting the surgery and being limited for awhile, or waiting where the surgery could be more difficult and take longer. I would get more than one opinion from orthodontist and oral surgeon
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Orthognathic Surgery: Recovery time varies widely from patient to patient, so a week or so of swelling would not be uncommon. Your jaw could be wired shut for six to eight weeks. You may also need orthodontic treatment before and after the surgery. Your best bet is to consult with a local team of specialists who perform these procedures. All the best...
Dr. Daniel Sampson
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
It depends: you don't have to stay inside because of the swelling. It usually takes 10-14 days before they swelling is completely gone. You have to refrain from strenuous exercise for 6 weeks and maintain a soft diet for about the same length of time. We now use plates and screws to fixate the bones, so it is extremely rare to be wired shut for any length of time.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Team approach: Underbite is usually not resolve able with surgery alone. Usually an Orthodontist has to set up your occlusion, an Oral Surgeon to reposition the jaws, and then the Orthodontisf has to fine tune your occlusion. Ask the Surgeon to recommend an Orthodontist or visa-versa. Today's surgical techniques minimize post-Rx swelling. Expect about a week out of work.

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