Distraction Osteogenesis | Montgomery AL

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 at Alabama Surgical Arts Office Phone Number 334-271-2002 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Nizam or Dr. Ivory.

Frequently Asked Questions About Distraction Osteogenesis

What does the term distraction osteogenesis mean? Simply stated, distraction osteogenesis means the slow movement apart (distraction) of two bony segments in a manner such that new bone is allowed to grow and fill in the gap created by the separating bony segments.

Is the surgery for distraction osteogenesis more involved than “traditional surgery” for a similar procedure? No. Distraction osteogenesis surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis with most of the patients going home the same day of surgery. The surgical procedure itself is less invasive so there is usually less pain and swelling.

Will my insurance company cover the cost of osteogenesis surgical procedure? Most insurance companies will cover the cost of the osteogenesis surgical procedure provided that there is adequate and accurate documentation of the patient’s condition. Of course, individual benefits within the insurance company policy vary. After you are seen for your consultation at our office, we will assist you in determining whether or not your insurance company will cover a particular surgical procedure.

Is distraction osteogenesis painful? Since all distraction osteogenesis surgical procedures are done while the patient is under general anesthesia, pain during the surgical procedure is not an issue. Postoperatively, you will be supplied with appropriate analgesics (pain killers) to keep you comfortable, and antibiotics to fight off infection. Activation of the distraction device to slowly separate the bones may cause mild discomfort. In general, the slow movement of bony segments produces discomfort roughly similar to having braces tightened.

What are the benefits of distraction osteogenesis vs. traditional surgery for a similar condition? Distraction osteogenesis surgical procedures typically produce less pain and swelling than the traditional surgical procedure for a similar condition. Distraction osteogenesis eliminates the need for a second surgical site to harvest bone graft material. Lastly, distraction osteogenesis is associated with greater stability when used in major cases where significant movement of bony segments are involved.

What are the disadvantages of distraction osteogenesis? Distraction osteogenesis requires the patient to return to the surgeon’s office frequently during the initial two weeks after surgery. This is necessary because in this time frame the surgeon will need to closely monitor the patient for any infection and teach the patient how to activate the appliance. In some cases, a second minor office surgical procedure is necessary to remove the distraction appliance.

Can distraction osteogenesis be used instead of bone grafts to add bone to my jaws? Yes. Recent advances in technology have provided the oral and maxillofacial surgeon with a distraction device that can be used to slowly grow bone in selected areas of bone loss that has occurred in the upper and lower jaws. The newly formed bone can then serve as an excellent foundation for dental implants.

Does distraction osteogenesis leave scars on the face? No. The entire surgery is performed within the mouth and the distraction devices used by Drs. Nizam or Ivory remain inside the mouth. There are no facial surgical incisions made, therefore, no facial scars result.

Are there any age limitations for patients who can receive osteogenesis? No. Distraction osteogenesis works well on patients of all ages. In general, the younger the patient the shorter the distraction time and the faster the consolidation phase. Adults require slightly longer period of distraction and consolidation because the bone regenerative capabilities are slightly slower than those of adolescence or infants.

Having Problems with Your Teeth, Jaws, or Face?

Alabama Surgical Arts offers a number of oral surgery treatments including dental implant placement, wisdom teeth removal, and bone grafting. Contact us today to learn more!

Call us: 334-271-2002

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Patient Review by Norma D

Dr. Ivory is the best for a bone graft and or an implant. In my opinion there is no other choice. He is the only Choice. His surgical staff is great very reassuring, courteous, and friendly . They are professional at all levels. I would recommend he and his team to both family and friends without hesitation.

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Patient Review by Gip K

My wife Judy has Alzheimer’s and had a tooth extracted. The staff and Doctor went out of their way to accommodate her needs. I thank y’all very much!

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Patient Review by Diann J

The staff was very helpful and friendly. Dr. Nizam was very professional and explained the procedure to me in detail. And called me at home after the procedure to make sure I was doing good and that was very much appreciated. Would differently recommend this Practice

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Patient Review by Flo W

Dr Nizam, office & staff was very professional. The office smells so fresh (that’s a plus for me) and was very clean. I loved it!

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Patient Review by Georgia R

Everyone that I encountered at your facility was always courteous and professional. I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Nizam. He is the ultimate professional. He was always smiling and seemed to be in an awesome mood. He answered all my questions and never made me feel like he did not have time for me. Even when he was getting ready for your surgery he was talking and joking with you to put you at ease. He would call you (not his nurse) the afternoon after your surgery to check on you. I will be recommending ASA to friends and family. Thank you all for the excellent care you gave me.

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Patient Review by Ashley D

Everyone was nice and friendly. All the instructions for after care was very clear, I even had a friendly check in call after the procedure from my doctor which was unexpected but I love the fact that he did check in, Dr. Ivory was great.

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Patient Review by Nadine T

I was impressed. The Dr called to check on me after leaving the office.

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Patient Review by Anthony G

I wish there was enough space to share exactly how satisfied I am with each member of the staff at this facility. From the support assistant, the technicians, the doctors, everyone I came in contact with I want to say thank you. I have worked customer service my entire military career and civilian career and I must say what a pleasure is is to experience such high level customer service from entry to exit. This staff should be the model for how customer service should be provided. Thank you so much for making my visit a pleasure. I look forward to my next visit.

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Patient Review by Briseida J

I highly recommend this place, after coming out of anesthesia they were very comforting. Just a very warm place and calming, especially if you are nervous like I was. So thank you!

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Patient Review by Carol B

Extremely pleased with all my treatment and service. Everyone is super nice and helpful. Dr Nizam is an excellent.

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I highly recommend this location. They were excellent.

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Thanks to Dr. Ivory and staff for a pleasant visit.

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Patient Review by Rosalind R

Very pleased with the services received. The staff worked with me patiently throughout the slowness of the VA.

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Patient Review by Theresa F

The Oxy-Facial by Anna Claire was my first experience with this type of facial. All I can say is that I left feeling like a million dollars with my face ‘glowing’. She certainly knows how to make you feel like Royalty!

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Patient Review by Christian G

Went in for my wisdom teeth surgery, needed to get all 4 out under anesthesia. I was nervous about going under because I had never been under anesthesia before. But, once I got in and got situated, Dr. Ivory and the team let me know things would be just fine. The procedure went well and felt like a smooth couple of seconds. I didn't feel or remember anything until they were done. It was like I just lied down for a short nap. If you're nervous about anything, don't be afraid to let the staff know and talk with them. They'll understand and set things straight for you. Overall, smooth procedure, awesome staff, and great communication.

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I was nervous about having implants at first, but ASA has given me confidence and a piece of mind that you do not normally see now days.

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