What is Maxillofacial Surgery, and Who Can Benefit Most From It?
Posted on 3/7/2022 by Alyce
Maxillofacial surgery is a sub-specialty of plastic and reconstructive surgery that involves diagnosing, treating, or rehabilitation abnormalities related to the face, jaws (maxilla), mouth (oral cavity), and neck. Maxillofacial surgeons are trained to provide surgical and medical care for patients who have facial injuries or disfigurements caused by trauma, congenital disabilities, cancerous tumors, infections such as meningitis, genetic disorders, and TMJ dysfunction/disorder resulting in pain/limited jaw movement. They also handle other progressive diseases like osteomyelitis which affects bones & joints leading to loss of function.
Benefits of Maxillofacial Surgery
Maxillofacial surgery offers a wide range of benefits to patients, such as restoring facial symmetry and function, improving psychological well-being and self-esteem, achieving a more attractive facial appearance, and restoring oral function.
Maxillofacial surgery procedures can be extremely complex & cannot always restore patients completely to their normal state of health & comfort. However, the treatment offers improvement in physical comfort, emotional state, and social interaction for people with serious medical conditions or injuries affecting parts of the face/jaws/mouth/neck region.
Who can benefit most from this surgery?
The most common reason why people seek maxillofacial treatment is congenital disabilities related to cleft lip & palate; Tumors resulting from cancerous cells which require surgical removal followed by reconstruction using implants, while others may need bone grafts or tissue flap surgeries that involve moving skin tissues from one part of the body onto another to reconstruct missing parts of the face.
Mild TMJ problems can be treated using various non-surgical options. Still, people suffering from severe joint disorders require invasive techniques like arthrocentesis (needle aspiration) or arthroscopy, which involves introducing surgical instruments into the joint space via tiny incisions made around the joints for diagnosing & treating conditions such as torn ligaments, fractured bones, cysts and bone spurs which are not possible with non-invasive treatment methods.
Maxillofacial surgery is highly beneficial in patients suffering from chronic medical conditions like osteomyelitis affecting bones/joints; facial injuries caused by car accidents; congenital disabilities resulting in cleft lip/palate deformities that need serious treatment as soon as possible.
In a nutshell, maxillofacial surgery is highly beneficial in cases of acute & chronic medical conditions affecting parts of the face/jaws/mouth/neck region. If you have questions or concerns about this procedure, please reach out, and we'll be happy to answer them!
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