Patients who cannot function normally or who have significant deformity will need surgery.
The goal of treatment is to:
- Control bleeding
- Create a clear airway
- Fix broken bone segments with titanium plates and screws
- Leave the fewest scars possible
- Rule out other injuries
- Treat the fracture
Treatment should be immediate, as long as the person is stable and there are no neck fractures or life-threatening injuries.
Patients generally do very well with proper treatment. You will probably look different than you did before your injury. You may need to have more surgery 6 – 12 months later.
General complications include, but are not limited to:
- Uneven face (asymmetry)
- Brain and nervous system (neurologic) complications
- Numbness or weakness
Calling Your Health Care Provider
Go to the emergency room or call the local emergency number (such as 911) if you have a severe injury to your face.
Review Date : 8/6/2009
Reviewed By : Alan Lipkin, MD, Otolargyngologist, private practice, Denver, CO. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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