Southlake, TX (PRWEB) July 30, 2010
Dr. Sacha Obaid, plastic surgeon and founder of North Texas Plastic Surgery, http://www.northtexasplasticsurgery.com, recently presented his surgical procedure on mandibular distraction to plastic surgeons across the United States in a book recently released entitled Plastic Surgery Secrets Plus. Dr. Obaid is the first and only surgeon to perform the surgery in Fort Worth.
Mandibular distraction is performed to correct a naturally small jaw. Having a small jaw forces the tongue back into the throat and makes breathing very difficult. This is typically repaired by performing a tracheotomy, which creates a hole in the patient's throat and allows him/her to breathe with the help of a tube. Dr. Obaid's revolutionary new procedure has changed the face of this disease for children across the metroplex.
Instead of starting out life breathing through a hole in their neck, children with this disorder are instead having Dr. Obaid lengthen their jaws as infants, allowing them to leave the hospital breathing and looking no different than any other child.
In a mandibular distraction, a patient's jaw is outfitted with a custom made device and a collection of tiny screws. After implantation, a key is turned each day to expand the mandible and help grow new bone. This treatment lasts for approximately three to four weeks depending on the patient's specific case. At the end, children with small jaws look no different than their counterparts and they can breathe safely, easily and often for the first time without any assistance.
"It is essential that plastic surgeons across the country and world study this procedure," said Dr. Obaid, " as it has the potential to transform the lives of children with this condition. Breathing through a hole in the neck places a tremendous strain on the child and the parents. This operation can often eliminate this need."
Small jaw has several names, including Pierre Robin Syndrome, micrognathia or "small jaw," hemifacial microsmia and Nager syndrome. Pierre Robin Syndrome occurs in one out of every 8,500 to 30,000 children and small jaw occurs in one out of every 1,600 children.
Plastic Surgery Secrets Plus is on sale now though Mosby Elsevier and can be found online and in medical book retailers across the country. For more information or to see videos of children who have had this surgery please visit http://www.northtexasplasticsurgery.com.
About North Texas Plastic Surgery:
Founded in October 2007, North Texas Plastic Surgery opened its doors in March 2008. The practice's primary physician, Dr. Sacha Obaid, studied medicine at Harvard Medical School and studied plastic surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern and the New York University Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. Obaid splits his practice between cosmetic plastic surgery and pediatric reconstruction surgery. His specialties include cosmetic facial and body procedures, liposuction, pediatric craniofacial surgery and breast reconstruction.
North Texas Plastic Surgery is located in the Harris Methodist Center for Diagnostics and Surgery at 1545 E. Southlake Blvd. Suite 250, Southlake,TX 76092 For more information, visit http://www.northtexasplasticsurgery.com or call (817) 416-8080.