Distraction Osteogenesis in Craniofacial Surgery: Past, Present, and Future

Petros Konofaos, Robert D. Wallace

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Distraction osteogenesis (DO) is considered one of the treatments of choice for the surgical correction of malformations of the craniofacial skeleton. This is due to its ability to generate bone at the distraction site along with the accompanying soft tissue changes, the possibility to combine DO with traditional orthognathic procedures and the successful reported long-term outcomes following its application to various craniofacial deformities. The aim of this review is to present an overview of the literature on the evolution of DO applications in craniofacial surgery through the last 35 years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1221-1228
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Craniofacial Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Bone growth
  • craniofacial surgery
  • distraction osteogenesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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