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Skeletal Facial Deformities

Distraction osteogenesis treatment of deformities in the bone by the slow pulling apart of segments of the bone in such a way that the bone heals itself by filling in those gaps. It first came to Western medicine by the Russian doctor Gabriel Ilizarov, who was an orthopedic surgeon.

Advancements in distraction osteogenesis have been made since it was first used to treat facial deformities in the 1990s. Distraction osteogenesis allows for accurate and safe ways for surgeons to treat facial deformities. Usually performed with an outpatient procedure, the surgery itself is not very invasive and does not involve much swelling or pain. If there is enough documentation, many insurance policies will cover this procedure, but it is best to contact Northside Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons ahead of time to discuss completely.

The procedure itself is usually done under general anesthesia, and Dr. El Deeb may prescribe painkillers afterward. There is typically less pain than an invasive procedure. The younger the patient is, the quicker the healing time. The best way to learn if distraction osteogenesis is the correct procedure for a patient would be to ask Dr. El Deeb during their examination. For other questions, call our friendly staff and they will be more than happy to assist.