Skeletal stability following mandibular advancement and rigid fixation Academic Article uri icon


  • Twenty non-growing subjects underwent sagittal ramus osteotomies and rigid fixation. Cephalograms were analyzed before surgery, immediately after surgery and at least six months following surgery to evaluate skeletal stability. A mean horizontal relapse of 0.42 mm (8%) and a mean vertical increase in lower face height of 0.2 mm were found six months after surgery. Both were statistically insignificant. The mean backward rotation of the mandible of 0.55 degrees found six months after surgery was statistically significant (P less than 0.015), but was considered to be clinically insignificant. The results of this study show that surgical mandibular advancement with rigid fixation is a very reliable and stable procedure.


  • Kirkpatrick, TB
  • Woods, MG
  • Swift, JQ
  • Markowitz, NR

publication date

  • July 1987