Well, here goes...
I don't quite have a procedure to the extent of SingleCabGuy, but I am marginally nervous and new to this whole surgery world either way.
I had braces when I was in my early teens. Got everything all straightened out and thought everything was hunky-dory. About the time my braces came off, my orthodontist at the time realized that my bottom jaw continued to grow when my upper had stopped. He told us that something would likely have to be done at some point in time to get my bite figured out, whether that be just braces again to get everything pulled back together or something a little more serious.
Fast forward to a year ago: In my Junior year of college, looking forward to graduate and on the lookout for potential job prospects. The last thing that I wanted to do was go and get braces. At the time I was convinced that all of this braces/possible surgery stuff would be better suited to wait until I was out of college. After thinking on it for a long time I came to the conclusion that there is no such thing as a "good time" to have braces. I came to terms with getting braces and trying to get them off before I got out of college so that maybe I would have that chapter of my life behind me by the time I got into adulthood and my career.
Got my braces on Dec 15, 2011 (the day after my birthday). Worked with the orthodontist for a while and then around March 2012 I started to look for surgeons to give me a consult about possible surgery. The response was unanimous... I need to have surgery to correct my bite the way that it needs to be. There's a long story about the consults, but long story short I ended up choosing a surgeon that is in my town.
Everything was going well and I had surgery scheduled for July 19,2012. On the 14th I saw my surgeon for my final consult so that he could take impressions and make my stint for the surgery. The following morning I get a call from him telling me that my teeth are not where he expected them to be and that he cannot perform the surgery. (As a little aside, I have been putting things off and changing plans to accommodate this surgery. My new job that I will be starting soon has also been put off because I am having surgery.) I was absolutely livid at this point. I really hated my orthodontist in the first place so I promptly fired him and found an orthodontist here in town that had worked with my surgeon many times before with great results.
Fast forward to today where I have been working with my surgeon and my orthodontist to get myself ready for surgery. My last visit with the ortho was where they used pieces of wire to tie the wire to each one of my brackets and the surgical hooks were also installed at that time. My surgery is scheduled for March 14. I will do my best to update this thread with some pics as well as news/thoughts along the way.