Surgery Team

My jaw surgery process will take about 15 months from start to finish. The healing process will take a bit longer, one year after surgery, as the nerves regenerate and my entire face feels “normal” again without any trace of tingling or numbness. Here’s a little profile of the Toronto-based doctors who will be helping me along this process.

Maxillo Facial Surgery – Dr. Claudio Tocchio

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I was referred to Dr. Tocchio by my orthodontist. Dr. Tocchio will perform my surgery at North York General Hospital. His resume is very impressive and if it weren’t for all of the wonderful things I’ve heard about him leading up to my first consultation, I may have pulled the plug on the whole process. I initially met with Dr. Tocchio six months ago (in June of 2012) for a consultation during which he recommended Lefort 1 Osteotomy Possible Segmental and Bilateral Mandibular Sagittal Split Osteotomy Advancement. I attempt to explain this type of surgery here. He is very confident and compassionate and instills a feeling of trust. A few days before my surgery I was looking into his eyes as he was taking final measurements and asked myself “Do I trust this doctor to literally rearrange my face?” Yes, I did. I am so glad he was my surgeon, he’s amazing. He’s compassionate and takes time to answer my questions. He has a great sense of humour as well which goes a long way in the process. A few weeks after my surgery, I broke down in tears in his office because I thought I was ugly. He was so sympathetic that I swear there were tears in his eyes as he told me to hang on, and I did and he was right, it didn’t only get better, it got amazing. I am so fond of him and will miss him after our final visit.

Orthodontics – Dr. Christopher G. Cameron

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I’ve been under the care of my Orthodontist, Dr. Cameron, since June of 2012. With any jaw surgery, there is usually a pre-surgical phase where the teeth are aligned and ideally positioned. Then there is a post-surgical phase where the bite is detailed before treatment is done. My pre-surgical phase was estimated to take 9 to 12 months and at the time of surgery I had been in braces for 9 months. Whenever they gave me the option of returning in 3-4 weeks, I always chose 3 and I believe this sped up the process. I can expect to be de-braced around 6 months after surgery (around September  2013). He was able to secure a surgery date for me faster than the usual wait. He did a spectacular job with my teeth which helped the surgery and post-op result. My experience with Dr. Cameron and his team has been amazing. He is really the best at what he does. His team is so professional. I never have to wait more than 5 minutes in the waiting room. He did a spectacular job and I would recommend him to everyone I know.

2 thoughts on “Surgery Team

  1. Hi Rox, you said that you were referred to Dr. Tocchio by your orthodontist, did you bother to have consultations with other oral surgeons to see how they compare with Dr. T? And if you had to do it all over again, would you stick with the same oral surgeon? Thanks :)

    • Yes I would go to him if I had to do it again! He’s amazing. And no, three professionals told me he was the best and this combined with his extensive experience was enough to convince me!

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