OT: Illinois DE Michael Buchanan Breaks Jaw

Submitted by Blazefire on June 13th, 2012 at 11:56 PM

Just a quick note here that Illinois DE Michael Buchanan, who will be a senior this year and is expected to be the anchor piece of the Illinis d-line, broke his jaw in a fight. IT is wired shut to heal.

http://espn.go.com/chicago/ncf/story/_/id/8049607/illinois-defensive-end-michael-buchanan-suffers-broken-jaw-altercation

My cousin had to have his jaw surgically broken to correct a breathing problem and had it wired to heal. Despite excellent nutritional science, you'll still lose weight if you can't eat, and lose weight he did. About 40 lbs in the 6 weeks or so he had to be wired shut.

I'm thinking Buchanan isn't going to be at playing weight till October at the earliest, and he'll probably have lost a good deal of strength and stamina too. Bad sign for Tim Beckman's first year?

Comments

splieb17

June 14th, 2012 at 12:21 AM ^

I broke my jaw last year around this time, and had it wired for 8 weeks. I lost over 25 pounds the first week alone.  He will not be in good shape to play for a while. Good luck to him because having your jaw wired shut was by far the worst experience of my life.

thisisme08

June 14th, 2012 at 10:12 AM ^

Someone please tell all those Orange County housewives that the quickest way to loose weight is to have your jaw wired shut.

 

I may actually be able to stomach that show if none of them can talk and look even more ridiculous than they already are. 

Blerg

June 14th, 2012 at 12:11 PM ^

I had jaw surgery to correct a dental problem 6  years ago. My jaw was actually broken in 4 places. I had, and will always have, 6 screws and a plate inserted my grill to correct the problem.  I was "wired" shut for 8 weeks.  I think it all depends on the particular surgery, but my "wire" job was actually a dozen or so bands that prevented a lot of movement of the jaw.  I was only on pure liquids for about 2 weeks.  After the initial two weeks until the 8 weeks ended there was a lot of mashed potatoes, applesauce, ice cream etc...  It all really depends on the surgery.  However, I couldn't really bit into an apple or similar fruits  until about 6 months later.  Interesting to see what happens.