Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons are trained, skilled and uniquely qualified to manage and treat facial trauma. Injuries to the face by their very nature cause a high degree of emotional and physical trauma to patients. The science and art of treating these injuries requires special training involving hands on experience and an understanding of how the treatment provided will effect the patient's function and appearance.
When soft tissue injuries such as lacerations occur on the face, suturing provides a repair that produces the best cosmetic result. Care is taken to inspect and treat injuries to structures such as facial nerves, salivary glands and salivary ducts.
Bone fractures to the face are treated in a similar manner as fractures in other parts of the body. The specific form of treatment is determined by various factors, which include location of the fracture, severity of the fracture, age and general health of the patient. When an arm or leg is fractured, a cast is applied to stabilize the bone to allow proper healing.
Since a cast cannot be placed on the face, other means have been developed to stabilize facial fractures. One option is to wire upper and/or lower jaw. Other types of fractures are best treated and stabilized by the surgical placement of small plates and screws at the involved site. This is called "rigid fixation" of a fracture. The relatively recent development and use of rigid fixation has profoundly improved the recovery period for many patients.
During the healing period when jaws are wired shut, Dr.Urig will prescribe a nutritional liquid or pureed diet. After discharge from the hospital, he will give post operation instructions on follow up care.
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If you have questions or would like more information about facial trauma surgery call and schedule an evaluation with Dr. Urig at Bonita Medical Center, 505-988-2121.