A 30-year-old woman from Nagaland, who suffered from a facial deformity since birth for which she could not open her mouth properly, underwent a 12-hour-long correction surgery at a city hospital recently.
Awan Konyak faced difficulty in opening her mouth since birth. She could not chew food and could not take care of her teeth as her mouth did not open. This disorder is medically termed 'Ankylosis of TM (Temporomandibular) Joints'.
"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 deformity and severe obstructive sleep apnea.
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.
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.
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