Maxillofacial surgery

One of the busiest in the UK, the QVH maxillofacial surgery department has nine consultant surgeons supported by surgical staff, specialist nurses, dietitians, physiotherapists, psychological therapists and speech and language therapists and is based in a new modular building on the East Grinstead site.

Our maxillofacial consultant surgeons have a number of interests in the sub-specialisms of their services including head and neck cancer, orthognathic surgery, trauma, salivary glands and surgical dermatology. The service is also provided across a widely distributed network hosted in acute trusts and community hospitals.

From 3 April 2017, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust brought together its inpatient and emergency service for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery with our service at QVH. Inpatient procedures and pre-assessments for surgery are now carried out at our site in East Grinstead.

Our Macmillan Head and Neck Clinical Nurse Specialists, Clare Lancaster, Bincey Joseph and Michelle Dubber, act as a point of contact for patients, relatives, carers and other healthcare professionals and coordinates care and psychological support for patients receiving treatment for head, neck and thyroid cancer at QVH.

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Awake fibre-optic intubation (AFOI) for maxillofacial surgery

Clinical effectiveness

Orthognathic (jaw surgery) outcomes

Orthognathic surgery is a complex process, taking approximately two years, which usually involves a treatment program comprising of a pre-operative orthodontic phase, a surgical phase, and then a post-operative orthodontic phase. You can find a pathway explaining this here.

We collect PROM data (patient recorded outcome measures) from our patients at the end of their treatment, and then at two years post treatment and five years post treatment to assess the quality of orthognathic surgical care by surgeon and satisfaction with facial appearance by surgeon. The British Orthodontic Society has created short films about jaw surgery you can find online.

Page last updated: 2 January 2024.

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