Distraction Osteogenesis

Distraction osteogenesis (DO) is a relatively new method of treatment for selected deformities and defects of the jaw and skull. Although it was first used in 1903, in the 1950’s the Russian orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Gabriel Ilizarov, slowly perfected the surgical and postoperative management of distraction osteogenesis treatment to correct deformities and repair defects in the arms and legs. His work went mostly unnoticed until he presented to the Western Medical Society in the mid-1960s.

Distraction osteogenesis was first used to treat defects of the oral and facial region in 1990. Since then, the surgical and technological advances made in the field of distraction osteogenesis have provided oral and maxillofacial surgeons with a safe and predictable method to treat selected deformities.

If you have questions about distraction osteogenesis, please call our office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Akers, Dr. Schalit, Dr. Thayer and Dr. Pinker.

Frequently Asked Questions About Distraction Osteogenesis

What does the term distraction osteogenesis mean?

Is the surgery for distraction osteogenesis more involved than traditional surgery for a similar procedure?

Will my insurance company cover the cost of osteogenesis surgical procedure?

Is distraction osteogenesis painful?

What are the benefits of distraction osteogenesis vs. traditional surgery for a similar condition?

What are the disadvantages of distraction osteogenesis?

Can distraction osteogenesis be used instead of bone grafts to add bone to my jaws?

Does distraction osteogenesis leave scars on the face?

Are there any age limitations for patients who can receive osteogenesis?