Infant Jaw Surgery Gallery
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This child was born with a very small jaw (Pierre Robin Sequence) making it very difficult for her to breathe. Eventually, a breathing tube had to be placed to prevent her from choking. In order to avoid a tracheostomy (hole placed in throat), she had her jaw stretched out to bring her tongue forward and improve her airway (distraction osteogenesis). The postoperative photo shows her at 3 years of age with excellent growth of her jaw and minimal scarring. For more information on plastic surgery at St. Louis Children's Hospital, visit www.stlouischildrens.org/our-services/plastic-surgery.
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This newborn baby was born with such a small jaw that he was unable to breathe and had to have a breathing tube placed. He underwent a procedure called distraction osteogenesis where his jaw was stretched forward. The following picture shows him two weeks later after distraction/stretching was completed. Notice the small metal pin behind his ear which allowed this to be performed. Final pictures show him 4 1/2 years later with no additional surgeries on his jaw. For more information on the Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at St. Louis Children's Hospital, visit www.stlouischildrens.org/our-services/plastic-surgery.
To schedule an appointment with a St. Louis Children's Hospital plastic surgeon, please call 314.454.KIDS (5437) or 800.678.KIDS (5437).