MMF Article of the Month: Outpatient Treatment of Isolated Mandible Fractures
A recent article by Lee, et al published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery focused on the impact of time between injury and definitive treatment of isolated mandibular fractures. Titled “Can Patients With Isolated Mandibular Fractures Be Treated as Outpatients?" the authors conducted a retrospective cohort study to determine the effect of nonurgent mandible fracture treatment on postoperative inflammatory complications (POICs). The study concluded “an outpatient model to treat isolated mandibular fractures was not associated with an increased risk of POICs. This outpatient care model reduced the hospital length of stay without increasing the risk of POICs.” Read the full article here.
Mini Case Report: Orthognathic Surgery
Todd Owsley, DDS, MD
With the increasing number of orthognathic patients being seen with clear aligners (e.g. Invisalign), Minne Ties have emerged as a valuable option to achieve MMF for these cases when the patient has good dentition. Dr. Todd Owsley in Greensboro, NC has utilized Minne Ties for several orthognathic patients with Invisalign and excellent dentition. Dr. Owsley shared his experience in an e-mail about a recent case: “I utilized Minne Ties to achieve MMF. I have attached photos that also show how I modified the splint with notches. The case went very well, and I am sold on them for future [orthognathic] cases that are without braces. I wish I had them when I was taking trauma call.”
Recent and Upcoming Events
Invisian Medical was pleased to support the annual meetings of the Pennsylvania Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the Ohio Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons this past week.
Managing facial trauma in austere conditions was the focus of a workshop led by oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Captain Andrew Jenzer, DDS, during the Special Operations Medical Association's (SOMA) 2021 Annual Meeting in Charlotte, NC in June. Minne Ties were the focus of the session, which included a lecture and hands-on workshop for participants. Invisian Medical is supporting 3 upcoming national conferences with an exhibit featuring Minne Ties: AAOMS, AAO-HNS, and ASTMJS. More details to come in our September newsletter!
Tip of the Month: Bridle Wire Style Application
Minne Ties have been utilized to successfully help reduce mandibular fractures prior to plating. This can be done by applying the Minne Ties horizontally around a few adjacent teeth, straddling the fracture. The best practice is to use the Minne Ties bridle wire style application in conjunction with vertical Minne Ties applied sequentially, as the strength of Minne Ties comes from their use as a system. This technique is comparable to applying a bridle wire for fracture reduction. See additional training resources here.
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