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Thursday, December 5, 2013
Face and Jaw Surgery
Side effects of jaw surgery
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?
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.
Guillermo E Chacon, DDS
Associate Professor of Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University