Distraction Osteogenesis

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Distraction Osteogenesis

Postby Christian A. » Wed Jun 06, 2012 3:08 am

I'm having surgery this morning to implant a "distraction osteogenesis device" into my skull. Four screws will be drilled into my skull and a metal halo will be set into the front half of my head. The device comes down and hooks up to a device already cemented in my mouth. Then, over the whole summer, we'll be adjusting the appliance every day to move my upper jaw forward. That process is called "distraction," and the osteogenesis part means that as my jaw is moved forward, my body will be creating new bone for itself to fill in the gaps left behind.

Please pray that the surgery goes well and that I won't be too miserable after it's over. Thank you!

The surgery is scheduled for 8:00 EDT today.
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Re: Distraction Osteogenesis

Postby Sapphire » Wed Jun 06, 2012 4:00 am

I am praying for you, Christian A.
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Re: Distraction Osteogenesis

Postby Joanne » Wed Jun 06, 2012 7:32 am

I will be praying for you!
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Re: Distraction Osteogenesis

Postby stingcameron » Wed Jun 06, 2012 11:59 am

Christian A. wrote:I'm having surgery this morning to implant a "distraction osteogenesis device" into my skull. Four screws will be drilled into my skull and a metal halo will be set into the front half of my head. The device comes down and hooks up to a device already cemented in my mouth. Then, over the whole summer, we'll be adjusting the appliance every day to move my upper jaw forward. That process is called "distraction," and the osteogenesis part means that as my jaw is moved forward, my body will be creating new bone for itself to fill in the gaps left behind.

Please pray that the surgery goes well and that I won't be too miserable after it's over. Thank you!

The surgery is scheduled for 8:00 EDT today


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Re: Distraction Osteogenesis

Postby The Kings Daughter » Wed Jun 06, 2012 7:28 pm

I didn't see this until now, I hope everything went well, and will pray for the process!::)
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Re: Distraction Osteogenesis

Postby Anna><> » Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:54 pm

I'm praying for you too!
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Re: Distraction Osteogenesis

Postby Christian A. » Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:12 am

Thank you all for the prayers! The operation went as well as could have been expected. I spent the night at the hospital, so that the doctors could monitor my blood pressure and pain and heart rate and stuff. I'm home now, and I'm actually feeling okay. I have a headache, and probably will for a long time. And my jaw is aching as well. But that's about the extent of the pain.

This is what I look like (with my eyes covered, of course ;))

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Thank you all for your prayers! I'll have the device on all summer, so any time you think to pray for me, I would greatly appreciate it. :)
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Re: Distraction Osteogenesis

Postby SoccerLOTR » Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:15 pm

Oh my gosh! Sounds terrible! Hope the summer goes by quickly and that it works out well! Praying!
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Re: Distraction Osteogenesis

Postby Christian A. » Wed Aug 22, 2012 4:21 am

Thank you, all of you who prayed for me over the summer. I got the contraption off yesterday, and the doctors are very happy with the results! My family and I are still getting used to my new look, and I get to see all of my friends for the first time tonight at church, so I'm hoping they will get used to it quickly. Again, thank you for your prayers! Now I just have to hope that my upper jaw will stay in the right spot and not fall back behind my lower one as I continue to grow.
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Re: Distraction Osteogenesis

Postby Musical Shutterbug » Wed Aug 22, 2012 6:05 pm

Praise the Lord! :) This is so great to hear...I'll continue to be praying.
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Re: Distraction Osteogenesis

Postby Jesus' Princess » Wed Aug 22, 2012 11:15 pm

Glad to hear that!
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