Sagittal Split Osteotomy

What is a Sagittal Split Osteotomy?

A Sagittal Split Osteotomy is one of the most commonly used procedures to correct a mandible retrusion (over bite), or a mandibular prognathism (under bite). The lower jaw (mandible) is split and moved either backward or forward to straighten it into a more balanced position.

This osteotomy was invented and first performed by one of Dr Deschamps-Braly’s mentors in Zurich, Hugo Obwegeser, and popularized at his unit at the University Hospital Zurich in the 1960’s. The operation has since changed somewhat and it may be performed in different ways depending on the necessities of the individual.

The Sagittal Split Osteotomy procedure was later modified and perfected by Joachim Obwegeser, Hugo Obwegeser’s nephew. Dr Deschamps-Braly was trained personally by Joachim at the University Hospital in Zurich.

Although there are other types of procedures to move the lower jaw forward and more complex osteotomies, this procedure in its most basic form has been the best technique for moving the lower jaw for close to forty years.

We have ourselves modified this procedure so that it results in slightly less swelling than some of the original techniques.

The Sagittal Split Osteotomy procedure is very safe with a high satisfaction rate from patients.