Temporomandibular joint surgery, or TMJ surgery, is performed to help patients who are generally having significant functional jaw problems as well as possibly having incapacitating pain. An uneventful, postoperative healing period with the minimum amount of pain is what every patient having to undergo TMJ surgery wishes to have. A good and quick outcome is related to the making sure you follow close attention to the postoperative care to minimize the pain, maximize the speed of recovery, and return to normalcy. Avoiding complications and possible poor outcomes are results that neither the patient nor the doctor wishes to have to deal with after surgery.
The postsurgical care instructions are to help you with your surgery recovery to be as comfortable and pain-free as possible. In order for this to happen, it is imperative that you read the instructions to better prepare for the surgical healing and recovery. A copy of the postoperative care instructions for several TMJ surgeries can be downloaded from the PDF files within this section.