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Different types of craniofacial surgery

Posted on 2/7/2022 by Dallas Oral Surgery Associates
Different types of craniofacial surgeryCraniofacial procedures involve invasive procedures that treat conditions affecting the soft tissues of the face, head, and bones. Below are some of the types of procedures.

Types of craniofacial procedures

Cleft lip and palate surgery can be repaired by surgery when the baby is three months; anesthesia will be given to the kid, and the lip will be closed and repaired with stitches. The surgery for the palate is done when the baby is six months to one year old. After a few days, the stitches are removed and they can dissolve on their own.

Rhinoplasty is where the shape of the nose is improved, jaw's appearance can also be improved. The gap, which is the roof of the mouth, is closed, and the muscles which line the palate are re-arranged. The scar remains inside the mouth. The aperture can also be prepared using a bone graft; if the initial surgery did not heal well, the lips and the palate could be improved.

Craniosynostosis is a condition where the bones in the baby's skull join together early. It happens before the baby's brain is fully formed; as the brain grows, the skull becomes misshapen suture fills the space in the baby's skull bone. A craniofacial surgeon or a neurosurgeon performs the surgery. Endoscopic surgery can be done on babies aged six months with the help of a lighted tube and endoscope, which are inserted into small scalps. The neurosurgeon removes the suture, which is affected to allow the brain to grow. Open surgery can also be done for babies older than six months. An incision is made by the surgeon in the cranial bones and scalp, which reshapes the portion of the skull which is affected. The position of the skull is held with screws and palates, which are observable.

Facial reanimation is a surgery that restores function, movements, and symmetry to the face after sustained nerve damage, which involves revitalizing the ability to talk, chew and drink. A temporalis tendon transfer involves moving the temporalis muscle and tendons from one place to another. Fascia lata graft, where a portion of the tendon is used to create an internal scaffolding that balances and supports facial features. Gracilis free lap where a portion from the inner thigh replaces a portion of the muscle. Distraction osteogenesis is a way to make the bone longer out of a shorter bone.

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