Medigy: Jaw Fixation Techniques
“Jaw fixation techniques refer to the methods used to immobilize and stabilize the jaw bones (mandible and maxilla) in order to facilitate healing and recovery from injuries, surgeries, or conditions that affect the jaw. These techniques are commonly used in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery and can include:
Intermaxillary fixation (IMF): This involves the use of wires or elastic bands to hold the upper and lower jaws together, preventing movement and allowing the bones to heal.
Rigid fixation: This involves the use of screws, plates, or other devices that are surgically attached to the jaw bones to keep them in place. This technique is commonly used after jaw fractures, to realign the bones and allow them to heal properly.
External fixation: This involves the use of pins, screws, or other devices that are surgically placed through the skin and into the jaw bones to keep them in place. The pins or screws are attached to an external frame that holds the jaws in the correct position.
The choice of jaw fixation technique will depend on the specific condition or injury being treated, as well as the patient’s overall health and medical history. The procedure is usually done under general or local anesthesia, and may be performed in an outpatient setting. Recovery from the surgery can take several weeks, and patients may experience swelling, pain, and discomfort during this time.
Jaw fixation techniques are highly specialized procedures, which must be performed by a trained and experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon. This procedure also requires a detailed pre-operative assessment, including 3D imaging, to plan the procedure and ensure the best outcome.”