The procedure known as distraction osteogenesis is a relatively unfamiliar treatment that is used for certain deformities and defects of the jaw and skull. Russian orthopedic surgeon Dr. Gabriel Ilizarov corrected the methods used in this service while treating defects in the arms and legs in the 1950’s. It was not until 1990 that distraction osteogenesis was first used to treat defects of the oral and facial region. Since then, many advances have been made in this field, providing oral surgeons such as Dr. Jeremy Hixson a safe and predictable new treatment.

Distraction osteogenesis is typically performed under general anesthesia. During the procedure, we slowly pull apart two areas of bone in a manner that allows new bone to grow and fill in the gap created. At Eagle Oral Surgery and Implant Center, we use distraction osteogenesis as a less aggressive procedure that allows patients to often go home the same day of surgery. With sufficient documentation of the patient’s condition, most insurance companies will cover this surgery, but benefits and reimbursements vary with every plan.

Typically, distraction osteogenesis results in less pain and swelling, and it can also eliminate the need for a traditional bone graft. After your procedure is complete, you will require frequent post-surgery checkups that will help our oral surgeon know that you are recovering properly. If you would like to learn more about distraction osteogenesis in Eagle, Idaho, we welcome you to call (208) 995-2865 and speak to a member of our friendly, knowledgeable team.