Following Theraputic TMJ Arthroscopy Procedures

If you have a therapeutic TMJ arthroscopy you should expect the following symptoms post operatively;

  • to get some swelling over the jaw joint in front of the ear which can last up to one week.
  • You may find that the joint is stiff and you may hear some whooshing noises in your ear.
  • You will probably have a dressing over the puncture wound for a day or two. There is no cutting or stitching and the joint is entered only with a small needle.
  • You should avoid straining your joint until you see me again, usually following three weeks.
  • It is safe to gently open your jaw wide but you should not eat any hard food and you should support your jaw when you yawn.
  • Try to avoid side to side movements.
  • Do not be alarmed if it is not immediately better, it can get worse before it gets better.
  • If you have had Botox it will take a couple of weeks before you feel the benefit of that.
  • If you already have a splint you should continue to wear it afterwards as much as you can.
  • I would normally expect you to take one week off work/school
  • You should try to keep your head elevated at night for a few days.
  • Please take painkillers as prescribed. You will have had antibiotics during the operation but they are not required afterwards.

Should you have any concerns post operatively please contact my secretary, Carla Woodcock, by email on during office hours.

Outside of office hours, please contact the hospital where you were treated and they will contact me.

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