Tomorrow, November 22nd, 2013, Dr. Antoine Chehade will be lecturing on the subject of “Virtual Surgical Planning in Orthognathic Surgery” as part of a panel of speakers at a McGill Continuing Education symposium. Virtual surgical planning (VSP) is a 3D surgical planning that has been used in many surgical fields to improve the accuracy and efficiency of surgical procedures. It allows greater precision when planning for complex movements of the maxillofacial skeleton for treatments such as orthognathic surgery.

We are thrilled to have one of our oral & maxillofacial surgeons at Seaforth Oral Surgery speak at this lecture.

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With the current availability of in-office cone beam CT technology in combination with computer software products,  we are able to render or create virtual computer models of our patients’ skeletal and soft tissue structures.
We are able to undertake careful analysis and determination of the source of facial asymmetries or imbalances. We are furthermore able to replicate corrective jaw surgery maneuvers and validate these movements by correlating the movement of bone to the movement of overlying soft tissues.
These modalities have enhanced the accuracy and predictability of orthognathic (corrective jaw surgery procedures).
We are please to offer this service at Seaforth Oral Surgery.  Our surgeons initially see patients for consultations at Seaforth Oral Surgery clinic.
Once a patient is thoroughly prepared, case is planned and scheduled for surgery,  the intervention takes place at the McGill University Health Centre,  Montreal General Hospital.
In this optimal environment for a corrective facial surgery,  a very experienced group of team members (anaesthesia, OR nurses,  recovery room nurses,  ward nurses,  residents) ensures that patients are treated in an optimal and safe environment.

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Imitation of surgical movement of the jaw with careful measurements to allow for symmetrical result AND superimposition of skeleton and soft tissue allows for more precise evaluation of the surgical plan.

All of the above surgical planning tools enhance the accuracy,  predictability of corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic treatment).   This greatly enhances the communication that takes place between orthodontists and oral and maxillofacial surgeons in regards to the planning of dental and skeletal surgery.    The ability to visualize surgical plans also enhances the patient’s understanding of treatment objectives and allows for patient to participate in the planning process in regards to the objectives of achieving a balance of structures leading to harmony of facial structures.
Better communication = better patient care!
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Author: (c) Seaforth Oral Surgery

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