[Improvement of maxillofacial bone distraction osteogenesis: future prospects].

Research paper by T T Wojcik, S S Touzet, J J Ferri, T T Schouman, G G Raoul

Indexed on: 02 Aug '11Published on: 02 Aug '11Published in: Revue de Stomatologie et de Chirurgie Maxillo-Faciale


Distraction osteogenesis is a tissue engineering technique based on Ilizarov's study on long bones. McCarthy transposed it rapidly to facial bones. His results in cranial and maxillofacial surgery are good and reproducible. However, the current protocols are long and the devices used are bulky. Finding new devices and association with other tissue engineering techniques should improve distraction osteogenesis and the patient's comfort.