Neonatal Distraction Staten Island for Birth Defects and Underdeveloped Jaw in Staten Island.

David C. Hoffman, D.D.S. - Mark Stein, D.D.S., M.D. - Staten Island - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

256-C Mason Ave, 3rd Floor Staten Island, New York 10305

Telephone: 718.226.1251

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Neonatal Distraction in Staten Island for Underdeveloped Jaw


What is neonatal distraction?

Distraction osteogenesis in NYC is an orthognathic surgical technique used to stretch or expand the jaw bone. The term Neonatal refers to newborns. Neonatal distraction, therefore, is orthognathic jaw surgery used to expand the jaw of infants. The procedure is typically performed in the attempt to correct birth defects in which the jaw is underdeveloped. Treacher Collins Syndrome, Pierre Robin Syndrome, and Hemifacial Microsomia are three conditions which produce a variety of symptoms that may range in severity, but both conditions commonly produce an underdeveloped jaw. At Staten Island Oral Surgery, Dr. Hoffman performs neonatal distraction in New York City (Brooklyn) to help reconstruct the formation of your child’s underdeveloped jaw.

How can neonatal distraction help my child?

Every new parent counts their child’s fingers and toes and whispers a silent thank you that their child is born whole and healthy. When children are born with conditions such as Treacher Collins Syndrome, Pierre Robin Syndrome, and Hemifacial Microsomia, the experience can be very distressing, but Dr. Hoffman at Staten Island Oral Surgery Center offers neonatal distraction osteogenesis in New York to bring a little peace of mind to a time that should simply be joyful. Treacher Collins Syndrome and Hemifacial Microsomia often leave the jaw underdeveloped. This jaw condition may not only affect your child’s appearance but may also affect your child’s speech, and in severe cases, the ability to eat and breath properly. Neonatal distraction osteogenesis in NY has the ability to improve the physical appearance of your child’s jaw as well as the function of the jaw for eating and speech.  Neonatal distraction may avoid or limit the need for tracheostomy in your infants.

What can I expect from neonatal distraction?

Dr. Hoffman will conduct neonatal distraction osteogenesis in NYC in several stages. During the first surgery, Dr. Hoffman will attach a distraction device onto the jaw. This device may be internal or external depending on each individual patient’s condition. You will be instructed on how and when to use the screwing mechanism on the distraction device to expand the jaw bone. Once the jaw is expanded to the necessary size, Dr. Hoffman will remove the distraction device during a second surgical procedure. Although this can be a long process, similar to but more invasive than using a palate expander for orthodontic use, neonatal distraction osteogenesis in NY will eventually result in the improved appearance, improved airway and function of your child’s lower jaw. Discuss neonatal distraction with Dr. Hoffman and discover how this procedure and the doctors and staff at Staten Island Oral Surgery can give your children the beginning to life that they deserve.

How do I get started with neonatal distraction?

David Hoffman, D.D.S. or Mark Stein, D.D.S., M.D. would be happy to discuss neonatal distraction with you. Please call 718.226.1251 to schedule an appointment for a private consultation at Staten Island Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

256-C Mason Ave, 3rd Floor
Staten Island, New York 10305