Orthognathic Surgery

Also known as: corrective jaw surgery.

What is orthognathic surgery?

Orthognathic surgery is the medical name for corrective jaw surgery. This procedure can be used to repair a number of problems with the jaws or skull.

What happens during the procedure?

The exact nature of the procedure can vary based on the condition that is present. But the procedure typically involves some form of bone removal and modification, followed by the reconstruction of the skull or jaw with plates or screws. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia.

Is any special preparation needed? 

The patient may need to avoid food, drink or certain medications for a period of time before the procedure is performed.

What are the risk factors? 

Infection, bleeding, nerve injury, a fractured jaw or the failure of the surgery to correct the problem are a few potential complications of orthognathic surgery.

Reviewed by: Chad A Perlyn, MD

This page was last updated on: June 29, 2021 01:42 PM

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