Lip Surgery

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Brekelefuw, Mar 20, 2008.

  1. ecarroll

    ecarroll Artist in Residence Staff Member

    Jul 13, 2005

    Check your PMs

  2. et_mike

    et_mike Mezzo Forte User

    Oct 16, 2007
    Chesapeake, VA
    I'll keep you in my thoughts. I'm sure you will do fine!

  3. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Parts Unknown

    Along with prayers, good wishes, and all that, I would remind you that things will be different, but not necessarily worse after surgery. There is considerable power in positive thinking (here at the Mission we call it faith), and the experience will end up making you a better musician.

    All the best!!!
  4. aspires

    aspires Pianissimo User

    Mar 15, 2008
    When my (now 21-mo old) little boy was about 6 months old, he really wanted to try playing papa's trumpet. So I spun it around, showed him how I buzz my lips, and let him have a go. He tried buzzing the mouthpiece, but his little mouth was too small.... So he opened wide, pulled the mouthpiece into his toothless little face, and somehow buzzed his tiny tongue against the inside cup of the mouthpiece.

    It worked!! And surprisingly well.

    It goes to show, where ther's a will there's a way. Focus on healing and doing what you need to do stay on this planet so you can continue to make beautiful music. If you are forced to modify technique, hardware, or learn a stringed instrument instead, you will still make wonderful music.

    Best wishes.
  5. stchasking

    stchasking Forte User

    Jun 11, 2006

    Don't worry about it. There have been articles in the ITG journal about worse situations than you. Do what the doctor says. He is going to tell you to keep ice on it for 24 hours or more after surgery. Do it.

    The surgery isn't bad. Some times it is done while you are awake. A shot of lidocain on each side of the upper lip nums the area. It's called a nerve block. Two clamps on each side shuts off the blood circulation. A few shots with the laser or a swip with the knife and it is done. A few stiches and they send you home.

    Your big mistake will be trying to play too soon. Don't try to play until you are completely healed. You don't need any more broken blood vessals.

    Keep the embouchure you have. If it ain't broke don't fix it. Don't worry, it won't be broke(en).
  6. JonathanShaw

    JonathanShaw Pianissimo User

    Jun 29, 2006
    I'm sure you have the sympathies of everybody in this forum. Most of us don't have much other than our trumpets.
    Best of luck to you, you have my prayers.
  7. flugelgirl

    flugelgirl Forte User

    Jan 20, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    Hang in there! I understand how scary this is for you - I recently went through this with my right hand. I had an infection that could have taken my hand or my life (the infection went all the way from my index finger to my upper arm overnight!)- thankfully I had good surgeons, and I escaped with nothing more than a really nasty scar. It takes some time to work yourself back from something like this - be patient, and don't push yourself too hard. Take care of yourself and follow your doctor's orders - you will be yourself again in no time! :) in the meantime, all our thoughts are with you...

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