The airway is, in essence, confined by the upper and lower jaws. By moving the upper haw (maxilla) and lower jaw (mandible) forward, the entire airway can be enlarged. In this maxillomandibular-advancement CLEARprocedure, the upper and lower jaws are moved forward from the remainder of the facial bones. This enlarges the space behind the tongue and soft palate, making obstruction less likely. MMA is often performed with tongue advancement surgery. Although this procedure sounds complex, our patients have no cause for concern. Dr. Barcelo and Dr. Genecov are world-renowned craniofacial surgeons known for performing extensive craniofacial surgeries in children with significant skeletal deformities. The MMA addresses the problem immediately with a long-term result - the success rate has been documented as high as 90%. MMA is an inpatient procedure.
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