TMJ Intracapsular Condyle Fracture ORIF
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TMJ (temporomandibular joint) intracapsular condyle fracture ORIF (open reduction and internal fixation) is a surgical procedure used to treat a fracture of the mandibular condyle, which is the rounded portion of the lower jaw bone that articulates with the temporal bone of the skull to form the TMJ.
The procedure involves making an incision in the skin overlying the jaw joint and exposing the fractured condyle. The bone fragments are then realigned and held in place with screws or plates. The goal of the procedure is to restore normal joint function and prevent long-term complications such as malocclusion, pain, and limited jaw mobility.
Intracapsular condyle fractures can occur due to a variety of reasons, including trauma to the jaw, dental procedures, or underlying medical conditions. ORIF is typically reserved for cases where non-surgical treatments such as immobilization and pain management have failed to provide adequate relief. Recovery time following the procedure can vary but typically involves a period of immobilization, followed by physical therapy to restore normal jaw function.
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