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Maxillofacial Surgery

We resolve malformations and other oral and jaw-related problems in paediatric patients by using precise and innovative techniques.

The Maxillofacial Surgery Unit at SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital is known for its numerous surgical techniques and innovation in 3D surgery. We treat congenital and acquired facial pathologies, such as dentofacial and mandibular deformities, which affect the health and wellbeing of paediatric patients.

Among other techniques, we perform orthognathic surgery operations, mandibular distraction, craniofacial surgery and correction of lip and palate cleft. We do all this taking into account the stage of development of the patients, both children and adolescents, for the purpose of finding the best treatment for each case and applying it at the appropriate time.


Llip and palate cleft

We offer comprehensive, a multi-disciplinary treatment that includes the closure of fistulas, iliac crest graft and rhinoplasty in order to achieve facial harmony.

It is not covered by public health

Orthognathic surgery and mentoplasty

We correct dentofacial deformities, particularly in patients with cleft lip or palate and craniofacial malformations, in order to achieve proper chewing and improve the patient's functionality and appearance.

It is not covered by public health

Facial and mandibular distraction

This technique allows the bones in the face to be lengthened from the neonatal stage up to adulthood. We treat Pierre Robin sequence, Goldenhar Syndrome, Treacher Collins Syndrome, Crouzon Syndrome, Apert Syndrome, etc.

It is not covered by public health

What makes our Maxillofacial Surgery Unit different?

We can offer solutions to complex cases (for example severe malformations) thanks to the application of high surgical precision technology. The 3D technology planning of surgeries allows to reduce the time of entry and achieve more predictable results. Our treatments and techniques are adapted to the stage of development and growth of our patients in order to achieve the best results. We collaborate with other Services of the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital to offer multidisciplinary care to our patients.

Our activity

Surgeries planned using 3D
in two years
Orthognathic surgery
operated patients

We work to offer new techniques for 3D surgery for planning and we investigate in the design of new guides and materials. We are linked to the Surgery Service and we participate in teaching activity related to the speciality.


What is Paediatric Maxillofacial Surgery?

This surgical speciality, also called oral, craniomaxillofacial or mandibular surgery, is focused on the treatment and correction of benign and malignant pathologies of the face, neck and mouth, involving both soft tissue and bone. At the Sant Joan de Déu Hospital, techniques are applied and surgeries are planned, adapting them to children, specifically to their development and dentition, in order to try to improve the functional and aesthetic result of each patient.

The use of advanced technology and our background in this field enables us to treat various types of malformation, such as consequences of the lip and palate cleft, traumas (mandibular, maxillary and cheekbone fractures) and oncological diseases affecting the jaw or tongue.

When necessary, surgery is used together with the reconstruction of the affected area. We rely on specific protocols for maxillofacial surgery which enable us to reduce operating times and the average hospital stay, meaning the patient is able to recover at home. We are leaders in virtual surgery and 3D planning, with publications in specialist journals and presentations at national and international conferences.

This maxillofacial surgery technique will be the standard in most countries in the medium term
Josep Rubio Palau, maxillofacial surgeon

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