Welcome to Los Angeles Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (LACOMS), the premier practice for major oral and maxillofacial surgery in Southern California. We specialize in corrective jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery.
We have performed thousands of orthognathic procedures together working as partners for almost 10 years. Our practice is equipped with the most state-of-the-art equipment for planning your surgery and communicating with your orthodontist.
There are only a handful of surgeons in the country who are considered orthognathic surgeons. With the combination of advanced training, extensive experience, and a dedication to surgical excellence, we are proud to be part of this elite group.
Thank you very much for giving us the opportunity to provide you with an excellent outcome. We are confident that the entire process will be a smooth and personally satisfying one. If you have any questions, feel free to call or email the office at any time.
- Patients undergoing surgical procedures on only one jaw usually go home the same day. Patients having surgery on both jaws will generally stay overnight.
- Patients often ask if their jaws will be wired together after surgery. Most of the time, it is unnecessary to wire the jaws together after corrective jaw surgery. In general, the jaws are immobilized securely with rubber bands for the first 1–2 weeks and then loosely for an additional 3–5 weeks.
- It is very important to discontinue any medications that are blood thinners or that may increase your tendency to bleed. Please stop taking the following medications at least 2 weeks before surgery:
- Any nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) – e.g., Advil®, Aleve®, Motrin®, Naprosyn®, or arthritis-type medications.
- Coumadin®/warfarin (Notify us if you are taking this medication)
- Plavix®/clopidogrel (Notify us if you are taking this medication)
- Certain herbal supplements
- Phentermine (must stop this medication 2 weeks before surgery)
- You may take Tylenol®/acetaminophen for minor pain or headaches before surgery. Tylenol® is not a blood thinner.
- If you get sick with a cold, flu, infection, or illness of any kind within 2 weeks of your surgery date, please contact the office.
- Please make sure we know you are a smoker. It is extremely important for you to stop smoking at least 2 months before surgery. You will not be able to smoke after surgery!
- Arrive at the hospital 2 hours prior to your surgery time.
- Nothing to eat or drink 8 hours prior to surgery time.