Should plates be removed after orthognathic surgery?

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Should plates be removed after orthognathic surgery?

Years ago,  fixation devices in orthognathic surgery were mainly steel wires, plates and screws to fix the jaws in their new position. Today, fixation is accomplished with the help of titanium plates and screws that are placed internally during surgery. Titanium is a fairly soft metal that has the unique property of being biocompatible, that...

Orthognathic surgery in Spain: how’s the process like

Having surgery abroad may be a daunting process, as we tend to feel especially vulnerable when away from home, not to say after having a major surgery such as orthognathic surgery. That is why the first step before embarking in such a journey is research: you should do as much research as you can on...

How to reduce swelling after orthognathic surgery

Although our orthognathic surgery patients do not usually report pain during their postoperative period, most agree that swelling is the most important source of discomfort, especially during the first three days, when it reaches its peak, before gradually decreasing. In this aspect, we can distinguish between two types of inflammation: Superficial inflammation: it is the...

Expectations in orthognathic surgery: how to avoid disappointment

When undergoing an intervention that is expected to achieve an aesthetic improvement, it is essential that the patient is  firmly aware of what can and cannot be achieved. The patient must set realistic goals, and it is the duty of the surgeon to inform his or her patients of the results that can be achieved,...