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Nagaland woman who couldn't open mouth due to deformity undergoes surgery in city hospital

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A 30-year-old woman from Nagaland, who suffered from a facial since birth for which she could not open her mouth properly, underwent a 12-hour-long correction at a city hospital recently.

Awan Konyak faced difficulty in opening her mouth since birth. She could not chew and could not take care of her teeth as her mouth did not open. This is medically termed 'of TM (Temporomandibular) Joints'.

She approached doctors at here. She had undergone several at various hospitals but was still unable to open her mouth.

"We evaluated the complexity and criticality of the case. After investigation, it was found that the patient was suffering from a combined problem of facial and

We decided to rectify the problem with and orthognathic surgical procedures," Dr Anil Murarka, a at for Plastic and Cosmetic said.

She was finally planned for Bilateral TM and orthognathic (jaw correction surgery).

These two advanced procedures are generally performed as two different stages. But the doctors decided to undertake these procedures simultaneously.

"The procedure was planned manually (using cephalometric analysis) and through virtual means to quantify the degree of correction needed in both jaws. Her dental models were prepared and a mock surgery was done on models to prepare the guide for the surgery," Dr Murarka said.

She was operated for bilateral TM and orthognathic (upper jaw osteotomy and chin advancement surgery with bone grafting) on November 25.

The surgery took over 12 hours, doctors said.

The patient recovered very well and was discharged from the hospital after three days. She can now open her mouth and eat with ease.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 17:40 IST