A Handout for Patients Undergoing Orthognathic Surgery
A carefully designed preoperative handout is essential for an elective procedure which will change a patients face, body image and will also risk complications. There are several available, however below is the one to be considered as a useful model.
Orthognathic surgery corrects the relationship of the jaws to give improved jaw function and facial appearance.
In almost all cases orthodontic treatment is required before the operation for about 18 months in order to ensure that the teeth are in the ideal relationship afterwards. This dental correction also helps to give the best possible appearance, function and stability following the operation.
Fixed braces are the standard means of orthodontic treatment and they are also invaluable during the operation to achieve the correct relationship of the jaws.
This is carried out under a general anaesthe/>