• Vol. 28 No. 5, 660–664
  • 15 September 1999

The Role of Multiple Segment Osteotomies in Orthognathic Surgery



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Multiple segment orthognathic (MSO) surgery is an effective approach to deal with a wide range of dento-facial deformities that have occlusal problems. The indications for MSO surgery were patients with dentofacial deformities and malocclusion requiring stable correction within a short overall treatment period.

From 1991 to 1998, 107 patients had MSO orthognathic procedures done at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital for maxillary protrusion/ deformity (34 cases), maxillary protrusion and mandibular prognathism (69 cases), and non-cleft maxillary retrusion (4 cases). Follow up period ranged from 6 months to 7 years and results showed stability in movements with only 3 complications. The average overall treatment time was approximately 15 months.

Our experience with 107 consecutive patients have shown the results of MSO surgery to be good and the procedure safe with no tooth or segment loss.

Multiple segment osteotomy (MSO) orthognathic surgery serves to combine total or segmental maxillary and mandibular correction of dentofacial deformities with concurrent diastematic procedures to provide immediate repositioning of dental-osseous elements. In addition, splitting the palate may often be necessary to correct a functionally poor relationship of the maxilla to the mandible or the facial skeleton by realigning the maxillary arch.

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