For those of you suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) like myself, the prospects of having TMJ surgery are really scary. No matter how much your doctor tries to assure you that the procedure is routine or will be a success, the reality is that you’re still going under the knife and anything can happen.
I am going to show you today why TMJ surgery should absolutely be a last resort for fixing your disorder. You’ll learn about the different surgery options and the potential side effects. You’ll also learn how simple and inexpensive home remedies can instantly provide you with the relief you’ve been desperately seeking.
TMJ Surgery Options
Arthrocentesis – This is the most minimal of all procedures. Quite simply, arthrocentesis is the irrigation of the TMJ to flush out the joint. It takes about 15 minutes and is usually the procedure a medical professional will suggest first before major surgery.
Disk Repositioning – If the protective cartilage disk is no longer in the proper place, disk repositioning surgery may be suggested. The procedure takes about two hours and you’ll need to stay overnight.
Discectomy – This is usually performed when the padding- and protection-providing disk for the TMJ has become horribly damaged. The disk and any surrounding tissue are removed during this two-hour operation.
Articular eminance recontouring – If the socket-like portion of the TMJ is out of whack, a surgeon will shorten and smooth the area to relieve stress and increase the range of motion.
TMJ Replacement – This is the mother of all surgery options. The whole darn thing has to be removed and replaced.
Side Effects of Surgical Procedures
If you have a TMJ surgical procedure – no matter what it is – there will be a myriad of side effects you’ll have to suffer through. Here are just a small sample:
- Allergic reaction to the steroids used to combat inflammation
- Damage to the nearby ear and facial motor nerves
- Continued pain despite the treatment that’s been done
- General risks associated with any type of surgery
And these are only a few of the risks you’ll be taking. Yikes!
TMJ Home Remedies To The Rescue
About 2-3 years ago, I started to wonder if I needed to have TMJ surgery. But once I found out all the risks involved – not to mention the lack of studies proving these procedures provide long-term pain-relief solutions – I decided to shift all my energy and focus on remedies that can be done from home. The results have been amazing and I know you can find pain relief just like I have. To begin the path toward a pain-free life, start doing a few basic stretches, yoga poses and exercises, and even meditation. All of these, when combined together, will have you feeling better right away.
Have any of you had surgery for TMJ disorder in the past? I’d love to hear how the procedure went and how you’re feeling today.