A Maxillomandibular Fixation System is a way to fix fractures of the mandible or maxilla (the jaw or a jawbone that also forms part of the nose and eye socket) by applying elastic bands or stainless steel wire between various types of splints. And if you’re ever out at a cocktail party and just can’t find another way to say Maxillomandibular Fixation System you can also use the synonyms: mandibulomaxillary fixation or maxillomandibular fixation.
Why all the talk about the Maxillomandibular Fixation System? Because our own Dr. Chan M. Park, M.D., D.D.S. and Program Director of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Highland Hospital has been PUBLISHED!
Title: Stryker SMARTLock Hybrid Maxillomandibular Fixation System: Clinical Application, Complications, and Radiographic Findings.
Authors: Kendrick DE1, Park CM, Fa JM, Barber JS, Indresano AT.
Publication: Plastic Reconstructive Surgery
Date: January 2016
Summary: It’s actually a pretty cool study. In laymen’s terms they studied a new approach for Maxillomandibular Fixation called: Stryker SMARTLock Hybrid Maxillomandibular Fixation System.
The questions were: Is it safe? Should everyone use it? Is it insanely expensive?
Features of SMARTLock include: self-drilling locking screws, elimination of interdental wiring (reducing the risk of wire sticks for hospital staff), and the ability to be contoured to meet various patient needs.
Sounds pretty good to us. But what did the study say? Click here to find out!