Besides cosmetic issues like flat cheekbones, a recessed jaw can cause dental problems, speech issues, and obstructed breathing. A jaw or mandibular distraction procedure helps lengthen a small or recessed jaw.
What is Mandibular Distraction Osteogenesis Surgery?
Mandibular Distraction Osteogenesis or MDO is performed on infants diagnosed with Pierre Robin sequence, a condition where the jaw is small (micrognathia), and the tongue falls back into the throat (glossoptosis), followed by breathing troubles. Typically, babies with Pierre Robin sequence have cleft palate too. Mandibular distraction osteogenesis surgery lengthens the jaw to open up the airway so the baby can breathe safely, easily, and comfortably.
The procedure involves administering general anesthesia and then making a small incision under the jaw on both sides of the neck. The front and back of the jaw are separated by cutting the lower jaw or the mandibular bone on both sides and placing distractors temporarily to keep it in place. The distractors attached to the front and back sections of the bone will help slowly move the lower jaw forward, allowing new bone to form. The activation arms on the distractors are usually turned for about three weeks until the lower jaw lengthens enough to provide more space for air to pass. This technique of lengthening the jaw and widening the space allows the tongue to be pulled forward and improve its position. Once the jaw is moved forward, the distractors will remain in place for about 3-4 months until the new bones heal properly. After 3-4 months, they’ll be removed through the same incisions used when they were placed.
Mandibular Distraction Surgery Risks You Didn’t Know
Mandibular distraction surgery is a relatively safe and effective treatment for babies with severe airway obstruction. Some of the risks associated with mandibular distraction surgery include infection, scarring, mild damage to teeth, and sensory disturbance in the face.
How Much Does Mandibular Distraction Surgery Cost in India?
An experienced surgeon must perform the procedure because the risks of a tracheostomy or leaving an airway obstruction untreated are real. Mandibular distraction surgery in India ranges from INR 20,000 to INR 3,00,000, depending on the case and complexity of treatment.
Which is the Best Hospital for Mandibular Distraction Surgery in India?
Visit us if you look for hospitals offering mandibular distraction surgery in India at affordable costs. We are located close to Thiruvananthapuram, making it easier for international travelers to visit us. And if you’re traveling by train, Nagercoil is well connected to major cities in India. Being a Tier 3 city, patients can experience world-class treatment at the best prices.
Dr. Sunil Richardson is an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon widely recognized in India. He has several accolades under his belt in dental and craniofacial care. Call us today to schedule an initial consultation with us.