Novel Rigid External Distraction Device Improves Stability and Controls the Vector During Midfacial Advancement

Cory M. Resnick, Stephen Alex Rottgers, Christopher C. Langenfeld, John B. Mulliken, Bonnie L. Padwa

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: The major limitation of the rigid external devices currently used for midfacial distraction after subcranial Le Fort III osteotomies is the ductile wire that connects the midface to the device, which makes it difficult to control the vector and force during distraction. The authors describe a novel external appliance that addresses this and other problems of contemporary devices, and application of a custom cranial template that facilitates precise placement of the device to achieve the planned vector of distraction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalThe Journal of craniofacial surgery
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - May 20 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Surgery

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