Midface Distraction

Children and adults with syndromic craniosynostosis, such as Apert syndrome, Crouzon syndrome, and Pfeiffer syndrome, often experience obstructive sleep apnea and impaired nasal breathing due to midface hypoplasia. These patients can be helped with a technique called midface distraction.

In midface distraction, the upper jaw, cheeks, nose, and orbital rims are moved forward. Using external distraction devices, the midface is gradually brought forward by separating the spaces in the bone to allow new bone to form. 

Understandably, the thought of surgery and facial distraction can seem frightening, especially if it involves your child. By using advanced 3D imaging to assess your or your child’s specific condition, we can simulate the outcome of proposed surgical plans and adjust any discrepancies before surgery. The 3D technology allows us to create a surgical plan with a level of accuracy not available with traditional imaging technology. 

At the Yale Airway and Sleep Disorders Program, our renowned team has successfully treated many children and adults with midface hypoplasia using midface distraction. We know you might have many questions and concerns. Our goal is to provide you with the best medical treatment and supportive care before, during, and after the surgery.