No matter what you’re eating after orthognathic surgery, you’re going to need the right tools to do it. The problem is that you won’t know what will work for you until you actually have the surgery.
Here are some tools you should have on hand during your recovery to help you get nutrition back into your body:
– Baby spoons (I’d go with the softer, more flexible ones)
– Sippy cup
– Paper or Styrofoam cups
– Straws (may be prohibited by your surgeon)
– Feeding syringe (hospital should provide this)
– Bib or kitchen towels (you’re gonna get messy!)
– Tissues (for impromptu nosebleeds during meals)
– Condiment bottles
A Word About Zip-N-Squeeze:
I’m told that these are magical, magical bags that will help you eat more easily than other methods. However, since mid-2009, buying these products off the company’s site hasn’t been successful. PayPal functionality has since been turned off on the site.
According to a post made on the Yahoo! group Orthognathic Surgery and Support in April 2010, ZNS creator and RN Susan Beaudette has had health problems in recent years and hasn’t been able to tend to the site as much as she wished.
While the ZNS bags and the Cool Jaw Wrap are excellent products, you can make do with other products. Condiment bottles work for liquids, and you can add extra rubber tubing to improve your eating experience. If you’d prefer a strap-on jaw wrap instead of the two bags of peas method, I highly recommend contacting a local plastic surgeon. Patients getting facial work done use similar-looking wraps.