An investigation into complications and complaints following orthognathic surgery

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An investigation into complications and complaints following orthognathic surgery

Siow KK, Ong ST, Ngeow WC, Lian CB: An investigation into complications and complaintsfollowing orthognathic surgery. Mal. J. Oral Maxillofax. Surg. 2004: 3: 8–13.

Abstract:Long lasting adverse sequelae following orthognathic surgery are rare. Thepresent study investigated the frequency of complications (as recorded by thesurgeons) and complaints (as noted by the patients) in a self-completedquestionnaire. It was found that the most common complication was paraesthesia(64%), followed by relapse (17%). Other complications were less frequentlyencountered. These included oronasal fistula, unfavourable fractures, infected bonegraft and temporary deafness. There were more female patients than males whoreported post-operative complaints. Common complaints were prolonged pain,prolonged swelling, scar, limited mouth opening and loss of weight.