Q: Dr. Eppley, I would be interested in learning more about the jaw augmentation procedure through the insertion of mandibular implants (both angle and ramus). I know that it is usually not possible to estimate costs and length of recovery in patients that the surgeon has not had a chance to examine and talk to in person, but still, I was wondering if you could give me a (general) idea of how much the total cost of the surgery would amount to (all inclusive: implants, surgeon, anesthesiologist, facility etc.) as well as how long the downtime would be.
A: In answer to your cost question, part of the cost would relate to what type jaw angle implants are used. (silicone vs Medpor) There are different styles and shapes based on the jaw angle result desired. But taking that into consideration, the total cost would be in the range of $6500 to $8500.
The concept of recovery after any surgery depends on how one chooses to define recovery. From a significant facial swelling standpoint, think three weeks. From judging the final result, it is a minimum of 6 weeks and ideally 3 months. From a physical recovery standpoint, one can return to work as soon as they feel able., which for most people would be 10 to 14 days.
Dr. Barry Eppley