Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) ankylosis is a condition that can be successfully treated with proper consultation and treatment. TMJ ankylosis is commonly caused by injuries sustained to the jaw, such as falls or blunt force. This impact can cause bleeding in the joint’s space which gradually fuses the jaw joint, leading to difficulty opening the mouth, eating, and even resulting in jaw bone deformities that can alter the shape of the mouth. However, early treatment with exercise can completely cure this disorder.
If left untreated, surgery is necessary. For example, a three-year-old child from Kanyakumari fell down the stairs and was injured. An x-ray was taken, but no fractures were detected, so no further treatment was given. After some time, the child was unable to open their mouth and was admitted to Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Hospital, Siruvachur, Perambalur District.
A team of maxillofacial surgeons, anaesthetists, ENTs, and paediatricians planned a surgery for the child, led by Associate Professor Dr. N. Sriram Choudary with the advice of Principal Dr. Sivakumar Kailasam. The latest 3D technology was used to treat the ankylosis, and the child made a full recovery. Traditionally, rib bones are harvested and used in surgery to treat ankylosis, which can lead to multiple surgery sites. However, with the use of minimally invasive 3D technology, the child was completely cured in one single, preplanned surgery. The child is now active and leading a normal life, along with her parents.
This novel method of surgical procedure is presented at multiple scientific platforms, including state and national- State & National level conferences, under the able guidance of our Chairman, Mr. Srinivasan sir, Vice Chairman, Mr. Kathiravan sir, and Managing Director, Ms. Neevaanee madam.
If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of TMJ disorder, it is important to seek medical attention and consult with a qualified professional. With the right treatment, it is possible to fully recover from this condition and improve your quality of life.