Distraction Osteogenesis Lake Charles LA

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 Lake Charles Office Phone Number 337-478-0468 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Boudreaux or Dr. Fisher.

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. Boudreaux or Fisher 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.

Your Mouth Deserves Comprehensive Care

Drs. Boudreaux and Fisher are experienced oral surgeons who can perform several procedures, including dental implant placement, wisdom teeth removal, and jaw surgery. Contact us to learn more!

Call us: 337-478-0468

Lake Charles Oral Surgery Specialists

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Dr. Boudreaux and his nurses were great. I also really appreciated the phone call after surgery !

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The staff were all courteous & helpful. The staff & Dr Boudreaux explained the procedure for my tooth extraction. It was over before I knew it & I didn't feel it.

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Procedure went very smoothly; was in and out within an hour and feel like I will a great recovery.

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The doctors, nurses, and office staff love their careers and it shows. They are so very compassionate and understanding. They are always willing to help you in any way they can.

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Love this place! Everyone here was such a sweetheart and very professional. Everything was so easy and relaxing on my part, which was a huge surprise to me because I normally have have major anxiety about going to the dentist.

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Staff was very nice! And welcomed me with open arms! I would definitely come back here in the future if needed! Dr. Boudreaux also called me to make sure I was okay , overall great experience and wonderful people!!

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I am an extra anxious patient and they were very understanding about it. They went the extra mile.

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Really simple and easy couldn’t have asked for a better doctor and staff

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Very apprehensive upon going in. Original appoint was to just have a look at it. Dr Boudreaux was able to fit me in in less tan n an hour wait. The procedure could not have been better. From putting in an IV to helping into the car for the ride home everyone was professional and courteous and provide good follow on instructions. The Dr even called later in the evening and checked in on me. Thanks to Dr Boudreaux and his entire staff.

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Big thanks to Lake Charles Surgery Specialist! I have had stand-out experiences there - not only did the staff go out of their way to ensure my appointment went smoothly and on time, but Dr. Boudreaux also followed up with a personal call to check on me. This level of care and attention is rare and truly appreciated.

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The staff is great. Very courteous and explained everything. Dr Boudreaux even called to check on me. Thats a first. In and out in a jiffy.

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My mother did very well! The staff and Dr Boudreaux were great! A big thank you for Dr Boudreaux for the phone call to check on mom!!!!

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Everyone was kind and comforting. And the Rasta music on the overhead speakers took all my worries away. Thanks again.

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My nurses, they were just wonderful. Joked around with me, to ease my anxiousness while waiting for Dr. Boudreaux to finish with another patient! I truly appreciated that so much!

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Explain everything and very professional staff and felt who made comfortable

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Couldn't have ask for anything more!

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Was my second time in the office , nervous as can be & every single person there made me feel awesome about the procedure. it was so quick, & such nice workers. i even told a worker how great she was once i woke up lol!!! beyond amazing & 150% recommend!!

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