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INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was to evaluate specific parameters: intra-operative time, facial swelling, degree of pain (VAS scale), recovery time and neurosensory disturbance in patients who underwent orthognathic surgery either using piezo or saw devices.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: We designed a retrospective study, which included 100 patients who underwent bilateral sagittal split osteotomy (BSSO) surgery combined with maxillary Le Fort I. They were separated into 2 groups of 50 patients each. The surgeries were performed between September 2015 and April 2017 by the same surgeon.
RESULTS: Intra-op time is unchanged but patients operated with the Piezo devices requested fewer painkilling medication and were dismissed on the second day after the surgery. Neurosensory recovery was statistically significant in the Piezo group.
CONCLUSION: Far less post-op swelling and the reduction in the use of painkillers lead to a speedier recovery in patients who underwent orthognathic surgery using Piezosurgery. These patients also recovered more sensitivity in the lower lip area.