A Painless Procedure for Kids with Face Deformities - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/14/02

A Painless Procedure for Kids with Face Deformities

A painless procedure is re-shaping the faces of children. It's called Distraction Osteogenesis and doctors at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston are using it to treat problems with the face, jaw, and scalp. They surgically attach a tiny device to a child's facial bones. Parents then turn the device in small daily increments to move the bone.

After several months, new bone forms and stabilizes. Then, the device is removed. Researchers are already working on a new model that would simply dissolve into the skin instead of having to be removed after it does its work if dissolves into the skin.

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