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When is open-joint surgery used to treat temporomandibular disorders (TMD)?

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Depending on the cause of the TMD, arthroscopy may not be possible. You may need open-joint surgery if:

You’ll get general anesthesia, then the doctor will open up the entire area around the joint so he can get a full view and better access. You’ll need a longer time to heal after open-joint surgery, and there is a greater chance of scarring and nerve injury.

  • The bony structures in your jaw joint are wearing down
  • You have tumors in or around the joint
  • Your joint is scarred or full of bone chips

SOURCE: 

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on January 25, 2017

SOURCE: 

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on January 25, 2017

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