Surgery is probably one of the last things you think of for Lyme treatment, but unfortunately, it can be a key piece in recovery. I am going to be having Cavitation Surgery on Thursday, and honestly I am not looking forward to it one bit.
What Are Cavitations
Cavitations are infected holes or pocket in the jaw bone that can be a result of a tooth not being extracted correctly. These rotten bone pockets can be a result from wisdom teeth, any extracted tooth or root canals. When this happens, it leaves dead mushy bone, infections and even gangrene in place of the tooth. Cavitation infections are actually very common. Around 90% of extracted teeth can become infected if not done properly.
Why Are Cavitations A Big Deal?
Cavitations create a chronic infection in your body. This severely compromises your immune system and can really hamper your healing from Lyme or any other chronic disease. For Lyme specifically, Cavitations create an ideal living and breeding ground for Lyme Spirochetes as well as parasites and other nasty creatures that call our bodies home. Since our immune system is unable to get to them in these infected cavities, it gives them a free pass to live and reproduce without any form of attack from our immune system. In order to fully recover from Lyme or any disease for that matter, Cavitations need to be cleaned out. You may have seen research that 97% of Terminal Cancer patients had a Root Canal? Same issue.
How Do You Get Checked For Cavitations?
You only need to worry about Cavitations if you have had a tooth extracted, Wisdom Teeth removed or a Root Canal. In order to see if cavitations are an issue, you need to work with a biological / holistic dentist that can perform Cavitation Surgery. They will do a 3d x-ray scan of your mouth in which they are able to see if you have pockets in your bone. Depending on the severity of the pockets, you will either need surgery or potentially can do X-tip ozone injections.
What The Heck Are X-tips?
X-tips are a series of 5-7 ozone injections that are injected into the jaw bone cavities to kill what is living in there. The procedure is fairly simple. You get numbed up and a micro drill goes into the jaw bone and injects ozone. The procedure itself is fairly painless since you get numbed and leaves your jaw sore for a few days. Fortunately, I am able to avoid surgery and do X-tips for my upper Cavitations, but I do have to have surgery on my two lower Cavitations. Research shows that the lowers tend to have more issues with infections for some reason than the uppers.
Since I am doing my 2 Cavitations at once, I am choosing to be put under general anesthesia. The idea of being awake while someone is cutting into my jaw bone just does not sit well with me. The anesthesia could make my recovery a bit harder since it's more for my body to detox, but I am willing to deal with that and not be awake for this part of my journey. Some people may choose to be awake with local anesthetic. If you chose this method you are only able to do 1 site at a time. For some people that are very weak, the dentist will only do 1 site at a time regardless if you are put under or not.
After The procedure
Right after the procedure it's important to get IVs to kill whatever was released into your body. Your immune system will be mounting an attack to kill whatever infection was released so you can give it a boost with Ozone, Antimicrobials and a Meyers to support your body. I am planning to go straight to my Lyme clinic after the procedure for a full day of killing IVs. You really have to love Lyme, even after a surgery it does not let you go home and rest. What other disease makes you go get IVs at another clinic after you get sliced open? Sigh.
One cool thing is that the lump of infection that is removed is sent to a lab that will run a DNA report of all the bacteria, parasites and infections that are found in the Cavitation. They provide a list with the results within a few days of surgery. I am really curious to see everything that has been squatting in my jaw.
Recovery is not going to be fun. I will be eating lots of bone broth and Bulletproof soups for the first week. I am hoping for not too much swelling, but the fact that I am doing both sides at once could put a strain on my body. My LLND (Lyme Literate Doctor) prepared a pretty amazing treatment plan to prep my body for the surgery and also to help with recovery and bone building. Lots of Vitamin D is also in store to grow back healthy bone this time.
Hopefully this is one of the last pieces to my long road to health. I have had stubborn brain fog, memory and neuro issues that my other treatments don’t seem to chip away at. I am really hoping this is what will help me overcome the brain issues. I feel 80% better most days in my body, but my brain is the last thing to recover. This could be the answer to what is keeping my brain from healing, or at least a step in the right direction. I have also had chronic TMJ and am hoping to see an improvement with that once the infections are cleared.
I will continue to get 2-3 days of IVs per week after my surgery to help my immune system and boost my recovery from surgery, as well as an extensive list of supplements and herbal antimicrobials. A few weeks after I recover from surgery I will be doing Stem Cell Therapy at Infusio Beverly Hills and am really hoping this is the grand finale to my 4 year journey with Lyme. Stay tuned for more info on my Stem Cell Journey coming soon:)
Make sure to check out my 1 Week Post Op Post!