Mandible distraction, or distraction osteogenesis, is a technique used to gradually stretch bones which have not grown appropriately. Most commonly, mandible distraction is used to treat newborn obstructive sleep apnea, but is used by Dr. Hall for a number of different conditions, including:
Newborns as young as 2-3 days old are treated using mandible distraction. During the procedure, Dr. Hall applies a small metal device in on the lower jaw bone which gradually stretches the bone over the course of approximately 2 weeks. After that time, the distraction device is left in place for 6-8 weeks while the bone heals and hardens. The distraction device is then removed in the same way it is placed.
Placing the distraction device is performed in the operating room with your child asleep. Dr. Hall will make incisions inside your child’s mouth to place and remove the device. Only very small scars are left on the outside skin that are barely noticeable as your child grows.
If you have any questions about whether or not your child may benefit from Houston mandible distraction surgery or would like to meet with Dr. Hall to discuss your options, call 713.791.0700 and schedule an appointment to meet with him at either of his Houston locations. You can also use the contact forms to request an appointment by email or request a consult via the internet at 2nd.md. To schedule an internet consultation click the 2nd MD logo below.