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J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 1993 Feb;51(2):133-42; discussion 143-4.

Modified condylotomy for treatment of the painful temporomandibular joint with a reducing disc.

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  • 1Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN 37232.


Data from a pool of approximately 400 patients operated on with modified condylotomy during a 9-year period are presented. The chief findings were good relief of pain and dysfunction, and reversal of the internal derangement in a high percentage of patients. There was low morbidity and remarkably few complications. Comparison of these findings with published results of alternative surgical and nonsurgical procedures seems to favor modified condylotomy.

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