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Orthognathic Surgery

Jaw Straightening

Orthognathic surgery, or jaw straightening surgery, uses a spectrum of surgical procedures for the jaw and chin to improve both form and function.

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General anesthesia

Drugs and/or gases used during an operation to relieve pain and alter consciousness.


A collection of blood under the skin whose pressure may impair vision.

Rigid fixation

Plates and screws used to hold the bones in a stable position


Stitches used by surgeons to hold skin and tissue together.


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