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May 4, 2016 · TMJ questions in Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)

Sorry to hear about your situation and also sorry to say that it probably won’t go away. There isn’t another free floating joint like this in the body. Total joint replacement was the only fix for me. Unfortunately I had to have 6 operations before my insurance would pay for it. I hope you have better luck. It has been almost 20 yrs since my surgery and still doing great.

Nov 20, 2012 · TMJ in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Cathy, my surgeon put me in contact with 3 people that he performed the surgery on. I talked to two of them and they were 1 year post-op. they both said do not hesitate, this surgery works and you wont regret it. I was 32 yrs old in 1998 when i had the surgery, it took the doctor 2 hrs to clean up and prepare my joints for the surgery because they were in such bad shape. There are many places to have this surgery performed, i am shocked that that France is behind in this medical technology. As for the surgeons in the US they are probably like every where else, some are not very compassionate and some are great, also there are the ones that should have never become doctors. Ha! Just please make sure you are at the point that total replacement is your only option. As i stated before, you can ask me all the questions you need to, i do not mind at all. Sometimes it makes you feel better hearing from someone who has been through it. David

Nov 19, 2012 · TMJ in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Hello Cathy, my replacement is made from titanium, i am very lucky to have the surgeon i did. He was very skilled in the tmj replacement. Unfortunatly he has gone into private practice performing plastic surgery, but he trained the surgeons that are at UT Southwestern now. I was the 7th person to receive this particular appliance and it is in there for a lifetime. The last checkup i had, the bone has grown around the appliance the way it was suppose to. I know there are a lot of replacements going on that are not performed properly. This is a very serious procedure and i would hope anyone considering it would do a lot of research. If i had to travel half way around the world to have it done right i definitly would. They do perform this surgery on a regular basis at UT Southwestern. To only have to go through this one time is worth it. I cannot imagine every ten years. If you have anymore questions please feel free to ask. Thanks David

Nov 18, 2012 · TMJ in Bones, Joints & Muscles

I had just about every procedure known tried on me. It was a horrible and painful part of my life, but having the total replacement was the best thing to happen to me. About 6-8 months recovery/rehabilitation and havent had an issue since. That was performed in 1998!!! I have degenerative joint disease, i have also had both of my hips replaced and multiple knee surgeries. In my opinion as last resort joint replacement and trust me, you will know when its time. I wish you well and you can do this!

Nov 7, 2011 · TMJ in Bones, Joints & Muscles

No I had several surgeries in fort worth, Texas. I had my final complete replacement at UT SOUTHWESTERN IN DALLAS. It was over a period of 5 yrs. Seeing different doctors,some good some horrible, but thankfully I have done very well with the replacement. I know what you mean about learning how to eat again nice hearing from you.

Jul 11, 2011 · TMJ in Bones, Joints & Muscles

temporomandibular joint, the hinge joint for your jaw. one on each side so it can affect just one side.very painful,causes popping and cracking sounds and headaches most people get a mouth piece made by dr to wear to correct,i had both of mine replaced in 1998.they finally wore out and dislocated,can be prevented though,i would def see dr about it.

Jul 11, 2011 · Severe Back, Groin, Hip pain in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Your welcome.One last bit of amatuer MD advice.Dont know if your familier with them,but an orthopedic revisionist has alot more knowledge than an ortho surgeon,they have really helped me.You might check one out.

Jul 11, 2011 · Severe Back, Groin, Hip pain in Bones, Joints & Muscles

I hate bone scans alone with no x-ray.I have one hip that has really hurt since replacement and everything looks ok,but something is causing the pain.I have lower back and hip,groin pain also.That is the way my hip problems came about.I woke up one morning and couldnt put any weight on them.If shes up to it and needs it the other hip being replaced could help she could compensate for the pain a little better if she had a good replacement to transfer weight.Thats not much help but this is so difficult to go through because you never have a sure solution.