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A 37-year-old member asked:

how painful is a jaw alignment surgery?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Majid Jamali
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Jaw surgery: Believe it or not, not that painful. Most of the patients complain of stuffiness in the nose. But not pain.
Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
Varies: Orthognathic surgery may involve surgery in one jaw or both jaws. Any surgical procedure is usually accompanied with some level of pain. Pain perception and how individuals react and respond to pain varies from person to person.

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Is a catheter needed for gallbladder surgery?

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What can be done for debilitating back pain?

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Several things: Start with gentle but regular aerobic exercise (walking, cycling, water exercise). Build up core strength (tummy and back muscles). Eliminate tobacco use. If such simple measures have been ineffective, consult your primary doctor or a spine physician.
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What can I do to treat the ball of my foot if it is swollen and throbbing with pain?

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See a Podiatrist: It may be a stress fracture or other serious condition which needs treatment.

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