Book Distraction Osteogenesis for Maxillofacial Surgeons is available to download free in pdf format.
Distraction osteogenesis is a relatively new tool that is useful to treat patients with bone and soft tissue deficiencies that may not be amenable to traditional operations. As with any technique, it is important to understand when it is indicated and the underlying biomechanical principles that allow it to be used. In this issue, we have asked a group of innovative practitioners to share their experiences with this modality of treatment for a variety of problems encountered in the maxillofacial skeleton. The problems addressed range from continuity defects of the mandible secondary to oncologic procedures to craniofacial birth defects to deficiencies of dento–alveolar ridges. The results that are achieved from these experts are impressive. In the articles on the use of distraction in patients with severe craniofacial defects, it is apparent that sleep apnea is frequently a co-morbidity. Several of the authors note that the facial skeleton is normalized and sleep apnea ameliorated with distraction.