There are many reasons why having an operation on the face might be needed. Maxillofacial surgery is the term used to refer to a variety of surgical procedures that repair facial fractures, correct bone defects, restore proper jaw function, and provide cosmetic improvement. But is the surgery safe?
Like many other types of surgeries, Maxillofacial Surgeries are performed under the strictest conditions that maximize patients’ safety and allow for successful results. There are several factors to consider that should give you confidence if you are a candidate.
Maxillofacial Surgery is a specialized area of medicine, which means the doctors (dentists) performing it are rigorously trained. In addition to 4-6 years of medical training after university, they must pass a series of qualifying examinations before being certified. Many Maxillofacial Surgeons specialize aspects of Facial Surgery, such as bone grafting, jaw reconstruction, dental implants, or various types of cosmetic procedures, so they are experts, and they know what they’re doing. Depending on the work to be done, surgeries may be out-patient or may require a brief hospital stay afterwards.
Anyone undergoing Maxillofacial Surgery is screened carefully with a physical examination, a full battery of lab (blood) work, and imaging examinations using CT, X-Ray, or MRI technology, before surgery is ever scheduled. Your surgeons may also consult with specialists in other areas if there is a need, such as an oncologist if cancer is involved. And, to avoid any possibility of infection, the patient may be given antibiotics before, during, or after the operation, as an additional precaution. Every step is taken to prepare for a safe operation and full recovery.
Your surgeon will also take great care to minimize any discomfort during or after the procedure, as pain management is an important component of healing. In some cases, the operation may be performed without the need for general anesthesia, so local anesthesia may be used. After surgery, your surgeon may prescribe prescription pain medication for a couple of days, then switch to over-the-counter medications to keep any pain at bay.
Other protocols—such as a soft diet and gentle saltwater rinses—may be used to ensure proper healing.
Like any other operation, Maxillofacial Surgery requires special planning and preparation. The dentists and staff at NewCity Medical Plaza are highly qualified and they will see that your experience is safe and successful. Make plans to consult with them about your needs and questions today!