Center for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery Comments on Outfielder Jason Heyward’s Broken Jaw

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Top Los Angeles surgeons Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, and Mark Yafai, DDS, MD, respond to an injury suffered by Jason Heyward when he was hit by a pitch.

Babak Azizzadeh MD
The face is a delicate and complex part of the body to operate on. It is important that anyone seeking reconstruction after a facial fracture go to an experienced surgeon who is well versed in the facial nerves to avoid facial nerve damage.

Jason Heyward, outfielder for the Atlanta Braves, was hit by a pitch thrown by New York Mets' pitcher Jonathan Niese in last Wednesday’s game. The 90-mph fastball broke Heyward’s jaw in two places when it struck his face. Heyward will be out for the remainder of the regular season. World-renowned facial reconstructive surgeon Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, stresses the importance of seeking treatment for facial fractures immediately.

“It is great that Jason Heyward received treatment for the injuries he sustained right away. That is imperative in a case like this. If surgery is needed, but not performed in a timely manner, there is a greater risk for long-term issues,” explained Dr. Babak Azizzadeh.

Heyward underwent surgery on Thursday by an oral surgeon to correct the damage caused by the fastball. Two plates were inserted into the broken jaw. Los Angeles oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Mark Yafai commonly treats patients suffering from jaw injuries like Heyward’s.

“Proper surgical treatment of the broken jaw soon after injury ensures proper healing and reduces the chance that the patient will need secondary reconstruction later on,” said Dr. Yafai.

Patients like Heyward who experience traumatic jaw injury often undergo facial reconstructive surgery as well. Dr. Azizzadeh is an expert facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon who frequently performs reconstructive surgery on patients with facial fractures.

“The face is a delicate and complex part of the body to operate on. It is important that anyone seeking reconstruction after a facial fracture go to an experienced surgeon who is well versed in the facial nerves to avoid facial nerve damage,” said Dr. Azizzadeh.

Since his extensive and prestigious training at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Azizzadeh has helped hundreds of people recover from facial trauma. Dr. Azizzadeh is the director of the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery and one of the leading figures in the field of facial reconstruction. Dr. Azizzadeh has been recognized for his work on several occasions, and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and countless other media outlets.

For more information about undergoing facial reconstruction surgery with Dr. Azizzadeh, please contact the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery today by calling (310) 657-2203 or visit us on the web at: http://www.facialplastics.info/.

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