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International Journal of Adult Orthodontics and Orthognathic Surgery

Year 1990
Volume 5 , Issue 3

Pages: 183 - 187

Closed-intraoral wound suction: a prospective analysis of 65 cases and a review of the literature


Minimizing postsurgical swelling, edema, and pain are important to the patient because of the elective nature of orthognathic surgical procedures. Closed-intraoral wound suction was placed following mandibular osteotomies in 65 consecutive patients. The volume of drainage ranged from 35 to 285 mL (mean of 113 mL). The use of closed-intraoral wound suction only minimally increased the incidence of postsurgical infection and at the same time resulted in considerable subjective improvement in postoperative facial appearance and a decrease in tissue edema and pain.


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