Bad split during bilateral sagittal split osteotomy of the mandible with separators: a retrospective study of 427 patients.

@article{Mensink2013BadSD,
  title={Bad split during bilateral sagittal split osteotomy of the mandible with separators: a retrospective study of 427 patients.},
  author={Gertjan Mensink and Jop Pieter Verweij and Michael D Frank and J Eelco Bergsma and J P Richard van Merkesteyn},
  journal={The British journal of oral & maxillofacial surgery},
  year={2013},
  volume={51 6},
  pages={525-9}
}
An unfavourable fracture, known as a bad split, is a common operative complication in bilateral sagittal split osteotomy (BSSO). The reported incidence ranges from 0.5 to 5.5%/site. Since 1994 we have used sagittal splitters and separators instead of chisels for BSSO in our clinic in an attempt to prevent postoperative hypoaesthesia. Theoretically an increased percentage of bad splits could be expected with this technique. In this retrospective study we aimed to find out the incidence of bad… CONTINUE READING
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