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All About Oral and Maxillofacial surgery

Oral and Maxillofacial surgery is a specialized surgery which deals with the surgery of head, face and neck area. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons focus on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries of face, mouth, and jaws.

James Edmund Garretson, a professor of  College of Philadelphia is considered “The Father of Oral Surgery”. He established oral surgery as a branch of Medicine and Dentistry in US.

Due to lack of proper knowledge, people often think it is a Dental branch. In reality, Oral and Maxillofacial is distinct from the Dental branch. It’s specialised super specialty for the head, face and neck region with more surgical exposure. It also focuses on facial aesthetics.

Thanks to modern techniques, this branch has drastically evolved.  Oral and  Maxillofacial surgeons deal with a broad range of problems like facial trauma, facial and oral pathology, orthognathic surgery, facial cosmetic surgery, cleft and craniofacial surgery, TMJ DISORDERS, Arthroscopy and Joint replacement.



Below is a case of 10-pound tumor successfully treated by oral and maxillofacial surgeons.

In the month of January, a tumor successfully removed from a 14 -year old boy’s face by the oral and maxillofacial surgeons of Miami.


Emanuel Zayas, a 14 -year old boy hailing from Villa Clara, Cuba had come to the University of Miami's Jackson Memorial Holtz Children's Hospital. 

Initially, his parents thought it was a pimple, a small indignity for a boy beginning puberty. After two years, it has grown into a 10 -pound tumor. It was almost a size of a basketball. This large tumor was benign but causing suffocation. It was about to threaten the fracture of his neck.


Doctors of Cuba were not able to detect the exact problem. Emanuel along with his parents arrived in Miami on a medical visa. They arrived at the University of Miami's Jackson Memorial Holtz Children's Hospital and his surgery was scheduled on January 12. Dr. Marx explained that it was a rare disorder called polyostotic fibrous dysplasia. Emanuel's body was to develop scar-like tissue instead of bone. This facial tumor has covered the major portion of Emanuel's face and causing breathing difficulty.

The surgery was lasted for 12 hours. Dr. Marx and his team have successfully removed this heavy-weighted tumor from Emanuel's face and reconstructed his nose. The patient is now fine.   Noel Zayas, the boy’s father said “I thank God that we’re here and that this country and Jackson Memorial would welcome us. … To see our son deforming and all we can do is watch, it’s not easy.”

This case has been published on usatoday.com


This type of tumor should not be ignored. This must be detected and treated under medical supervision.

 At Facialvirtuoso, we are committed to delivering best oral treatments. For an appointment, give us a call at +91-9266 77 0707.

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