Custom Chin and Jaw Implants

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am planning to get custom chin and jaw angle implants and I have some queries regarding flying in from overseas.Firstly, typically how long does it take from the initial consultation to get scheduled in for surgery? I’m hoping to fly in around mid January, so I am wondering what the deadline would be to make my first consultation in order to get scheduled in at this time. Secondly, how long should I plan my stay for recovery? I plan to travel by myself and I’m assuming I will be fine to manage myself post surgery?

Thank you.

A: To get custom chin and jaw angle implants made for surgery, that is a process that typically takes 3 to 4 weeks after receiving the patient’s 3D CT scan. This is why almost every such patient gets their 3D CT scan where they live and the sends it to me to get the implants designed and made for surgery.

Having a large international practice, just about every patient that comes from afar does so by themselves. So your situation would be common. For custom chin and jaw implants surgery I would advise an overnight stay in the surgical facility so you can return to your hotel room by yourself the morning after surgery.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana