Orthognathic or orthofacial surgery is the area of maxillofacial surgery that comprises techniques aimed at the aesthetic and functional correction of facial structures. It treats the face as a whole – bone, soft tissue, teeth – and therefore involves a three dimensional evaluation (clinical, radiological and digital) of all the elements that make up the face. The Institute’s areas of innovation in orthognathic surgery include minimally-invasive surgical techniques, virtual planning and new timing protocols in surgery and orthodontics (such as Surgery First).
MINIMALLY-INVASIVE SURGERY AT THE MAXILLOFACIAL INSTITUTE
Minimally-invasive surgery includes the set of techniques and procedures relating to surgery, anaesthesia and postoperative care, which help to reduce pain, inflammation, blood loss and complications during or after surgery. The Maxillofacial Institute is a pioneer in minimally-invasive orthofacial surgical techniques, specially developed to shorten surgery time, achieve greater accuracy and reduce surgical trauma. These techniques have been published in leading national and international specialist journals and are the subject of national and international conferences and specific courses for surgeons from all around the world.
The team’s maxillofacial surgeons have also developed protocols that enable certain procedures such as mandibular orthognathic surgery, SARPE (Surgically Assisted Rapid Palatal Expansion), genioplasty, and some rhinoplasty cases to be performed under local anaesthesia and sedation without requiring hospital admission. Patients can return home two hours after a surgical procedure that lasts about 30 minutes.
The patient’s postoperative experience improves remarkably if compared with the conventional technique using general anaesthesia and hospital admission: surgery and recovery time are shortened considerably.