Results and recovery
After surgery, Dr. Mesa will apply a pressure dressing that wraps around your head and underneath your chin. Keep your head elevated while you sleep, and expect your neck to feel tight and sore and swell for several days. Your dressing will be removed after two days, but you will wear a chinstrap to bed for 2-4 weeks.
You will be able to return to sedentary work and light activities in about five days. Wait for 3-4 weeks before you engage in rigorous exercise.