1 year review of life-changing jaw surgery


5 May 2016

Image: Photo of Richard, who had a rare congenital jaw deformity, called condylar aplasia – missing a temporomandibular joint (TMJ)

The opportunity for hospital staff to see how well patients are doing 1 year after major surgery is unusual. 

Thanks to Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon Dr George Dimitroulis and patient Richard, we can share the happy results of Australia’s first 3D printed jaw surgery. The surgery took place in May 2015 at Epworth Freemasons.

Richard had a rare congenital jaw deformity, called condylar aplasia. He was missing a temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The consequent​ lack of growth in the left side of his face left him with a noticeably skewed lower jaw, and limited flexibility for movement or chewing. 

Dr Dimitroulis reported that Richard continues to do well with his 3-D printed TMJ, with no pain and a good range of jaw function.

Read more about Richard’s life-changing surgery​.