Is Distraction Osteogenesis Safe for Patients of All Ages?
Posted on 2/28/2019 by Rodney Rastegar
Seeing a child with some type of deformity can tug at the heart. For a child who was born with a facial deformity, their choices used to be limited.
Fortunately, a relatively new procedure can now help patients of all ages who have facial deformities or who might have suffered a facial injury. The surgery is called distraction osteogenesis, and with it we use the body's own regenerative powers to help the patient to heal.
What Is Distraction Osteogenesis?
With distraction osteogenesis, we will take the bone that needs fixing and carefully split it in two. From there, we will let the body take over. New bone will grow in the gap between the two pieces, fixing the deformity.
Children If you worry that distraction osteogenesis might not be safe for children, they are actually ideal for it. While everyone has regenerative properties, with children they seem to be in overdrive. Children heal faster than adults, including with distraction osteogenesis. There will be a little bit of down time, but you will be amazed by how quickly a child will recover.
There is no age that is too young for distraction osteogenesis. Sometimes it is a good idea to have the surgery early in life, so that the child will not remember the surgery.
Adults Adults can also benefit from distraction osteogenesis. The main difference between a child and an adult when it comes to the surgery is that the adult could take longer to heal.
Distraction osteogenesis has been around for only about 30 years, but in that time, it has helped a lot of people. It is considered a safe surgery, and it has a high success rate. If you would like to learn more about it, we would be happy to answer all of your questions.
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