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Questions and answers in Orthognathic Surgery

Welcome to the orthognathic surgery questions and answers page! If you are here, it is likely that you are looking for valuable and reliable information on this very important procedure. Orthognathic surgery can be a difficult decision to make, as it involves correction of jaw and facial deformities, but in the hands of an experienced surgeon, it can have life-changing results for patients.

On this page, you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions about orthognathic surgery. From preparing for surgery to what to expect during recovery, our team of experts is here to provide you with accurate and useful information to help you make the best decision for your health and well-being.

There is nothing more important than your health, and orthognathic surgery is a serious procedure that deserves proper attention and care. So, if you are looking for clear and reliable answers, look no further: you are in the right place!

  • What is orthognathic surgery?
    Orthognathic surgery is a surgical procedure performed to correct deformities of the jaw and face.
  • Who is a candidate for orthognathic surgery?
    People who have deformities of the jaw and face, such as a protruding maxilla or receding mandible, may be candidates for orthognathic surgery.< /p>
  • How long does orthognathic surgery last?
    The duration of orthognathic surgery varies depending on the individual case, but can last several hours.
  • How long does the hospitalization last?
    Each case is different but 95% of our patients are discharged the day after their surgery. If we perform the procedure on a Saturday morning, the patient can return home the following day in the afternoon. You should not be lying down when you get home, you require relative rest that includes not doing physical activity that involves strength, but in general patients recover semi-sitting or next to their computers.
  • Is the postoperative painful?
    In general the pain is mild-moderate, with analogues the degree of pain is very low. There is presence of anesthesia rather than pain in the area. There is damage to the sensory nerves in the area, therefore sensitivity and pain are clearly decreased for a variable period. There are cases in which the patient has more pain than others, but it is not usual. What they usually manifest is a lot of discomfort due to the edema and the care associated with food and hygiene.
  • Is a medical license required?
    Yes. Usually there are 3 or 4 weeks of medical leave. After this time, the patient is able to resume his work activities and can gradually increase the consistency of food.
  • Do the isapres cover this treatment?
    Yes. Indeed, the isapres cover this type of surgery. the procedures are coded by fonase. It is essential to verify the coverage percentage of your plan, the limits and if they are free choice or only with preferred providers. On many occasions, health plans have free choice but the limits are low. The best thing to do is to have a plan without limits. We remind you that within your isapre you can change your plan and pre-stocks are maintained and respected by law. It is different if they change from one isapre to another. We recommend having free choice plans with good hospital coverage.
  • Does the face swell?
    Yes, a lot. There is a lot of edema all over the face, sometimes ecchymosis (bruises) appears. This edema slowly disappears. Since the surgery changes the position of the facial bones and fixes them in the right place, there is great swelling of the entire face. Since the surgery is performed through the mouth, the tissues are pulled and the lips split. This inflammation recovers slowly, a significant percentage lasts about four weeks. Then there is a slow recovery that can last months.
  • What is the modern technology available for this treatment?
    Simplant OMS, Nemoceph 3d and Dolphin Imaging 3d are the main tools available in Europe and the United States: With these systems we carry out a detailed diagnosis, three-dimensional treatment planning and the preparation of all the necessary guides for the moment of the operation Dolphin Imaging 3d is the most powerful tool available in the world, it is used in implantology to plan complex surgeries and in Maxillofacial Surgery to plan and predict the results of our surgeries. It is within the reach of our patients, we have 8 years of experience and close to 200 cases operated and planned digitally. Within reach of our patients. With a dental maxillofacial tomography, the complete image of our patient is acquired. In Chile, radiological centers have the necessary equipment and the exams have similar values to conventional studies. Then, with the CD loaded with the tomography, we process the image and plan our surgery. We evaluate the case, perform the surgery and obtain the 3d printed guides. We have four 3d printers and two intraoral scanners to register the dental models of our patients. that way we can register and transfer an exact copy of the patient to his mouth.
  • How long does it take to recover from orthognathic surgery?
    Recovery from orthognathic surgery can take several weeks, and it is important to follow your surgeon's instructions to ensure a successful recovery.
  • What type of anesthesia is used during orthognathic surgery?
    General anesthesia is usually used for orthognathic surgery.
  • Is the recovery process painful?
    It is normal to experience pain and discomfort after surgery, but your surgeon may prescribe medication to help control the pain.
  • Are there risks associated with orthognathic surgery?
    As with any surgery, there are risks associated with orthognathic surgery, including infection, bleeding, and anesthetic complications. With current technologies the risks are extremely low. It is a surgery with careful planning and preparation.
  • Is it possible for the teeth to move after orthognathic surgery?
    Teeth may shift after orthognathic surgery, so it's important to follow your surgeon's recommendations for braces and dental care.< /span>
  • How long should an orthodontic appliance be worn after orthognathic surgery?
    The length of time an orthodontic appliance must be worn after orthognathic surgery varies depending on the individual case, but can generally last from six months to a year.
  • Can you eat solid food after orthognathic surgery?
    In the first few days after orthognathic surgery, you may be on a liquid or soft diet, but you can eventually return to solid foods.< /p>
  • How is follow-up done after orthognathic surgery?
    It's important to keep follow-up appointments with your surgeon and orthodontist to make sure your recovery is progressing smoothly
  • Could a second orthognathic surgery be needed?
    It is not common but in some cases, it may be necessary to perform a second orthognathic surgery to achieve the desired results.
  • How does orthognathic surgery affect facial appearance?
    Orthognathic surgery can improve facial appearance by correcting deformities and improving facial symmetry.
  • Can speech changes be experienced after orthognathic surgery?
    You may experience speech changes after orthognathic surgery, but this is usually temporary and should improve over time.
  • Is the extraction of wisdom molars painful?
    The wisdom molar extraction procedure can be somewhat uncomfortable, but the pain can be managed with anesthesia and pain medication.
  • Cost of orthognathic surgery
    In Chile there is a wide range of values. The public system does not charge for the procedure and in the private system the range is between 8,000 and 20,000 dollars. The value of our clinic is in the lower price range because we want to be closer to many, the value depends on the diagnosis and the type of procedure to be performed.
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