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Face and Jaw Surgery

Side effects of jaw surgery

11/21/2006

Question:

Could there possibly be an inflammatory response to the screws or plates used in corrective jaw surgery for mal-alignment? I have a friend whose daugther had the surgery in June and has had a low grade temperature, swollen glands and sore throat since the 10th day post surgery. She has been tested for strep more than once and has been on 4 antibiotics since the surgery, with no improvement. Could she be having a reaction to the foreign bodies used to correct the jaw?

Answer:

A foreign body reaction to titanium screws (which are typical used for this type of surgery) is very unlikely.  A localized infection in the area where the screws were placed is a more likely scenario and would perfectly explain the symptoms that you describe. 

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Response by:

Guillermo  E Chacon, DDS Guillermo E Chacon, DDS
Formerly:
Associate Professor of Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University