Recovering from surgery today

The last time I had periodontal work, it was a smaller operation. All the guy did was pull my gums down to cover more of my teeth and sew them in place so they wouldn’t pull back up again. The guy even gave me a mirror before the operation so I could watch!

This time, it was a little more complicated. He took a length of tissue, about a 0.5 mm thick from the roof of my mouth to graft onto the gums in front of my bottom teeth. The guy said it was “enough to make a brother out of it.” I don’t do enough periodontal surgery myself to comment on whether or not this was the case.

On the upside, since he took it all in one long graft, he’s only charging me for one operation, which he would normally do in two. This saves me some money. Actually, it saves me a lot of money.

I could tell that this one was more complicated, because the guy didn’t give me the mirror until after the operation was done. Somewhat disconcerting: I saw the doctor accidentally drop the graft of tissue from my mouth between removing it and attaching it to my gums. It happened when the person operating the suction machine knocked his hand. I didn’t see where it fell. Probably on the little bib that they put on me before the operation.

I was afraid for a minute that he would have to take another graft.

It’s probably not a big deal though. If the tissue is going to survive being drugged with general anaesthetic and then cut out of my mouth and then sewed onto another part of my mouth, it’s probably going to survive a drop like that. I saw him wash it off afterward, anyway.

He said that I’ll feel all right probably today or tomorrow, but in 3–4 days, I’ll feel like I have an infection. We’ll see. He’s right for the time being: I feel okay!

On the way home, they gave me an ice pack for my face, to help with the swelling. The thing about ice packs after periodontal surgery is that, due to the anaesthetic, you can’t tell whether you’re not putting a cold part of the ice pack on your face, or whether the ice pack itself isn’t cold, or if it’s just your face being numb, but you’re doing it properly.

My lower lip feels like it’s a metre thick.

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This is the personal blog of Benjamin Gregory Carlisle PhD. Queer; Academic; Queer academic. "I'm the research fairy, here to make your academic problems disappear!"

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