45 Years of Simultaneous Le Fort III and Le Fort I Osteotomies: A Systematic Literature Review


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Abstract

Objective:To review and collectively summarize our knowledge of simultaneous Le Fort III and Le Fort I osteotomies.Design:A PubMed search using “Le Fort III,” “simultaneous Le Fort III and Le Fort I,” “combined Le Fort III and Le Fort I,” “dual midface,” and “segmental midface” was performed. Articles with relevant abstracts were obtained for formal review. A new case of simultaneous Le Fort III and Le Fort I is presented to describe and discuss specific operative indications and surgical decisions.Results:There were 14 articles that met inclusion criteria with reports of simultaneous Le Fort III and Le Fort I osteotomies. A total of 20 cases were present in the literature. No major complications were reported. We performed combined Le Fort III with Le Fort I osteotomies in a 25-year-old patient with Crouzon syndrome who had undergone a previous Le Fort III at the age of 4 years. The patient tolerated the procedure well, and postoperatively, her exophthalmos and class III malocclusion were corrected.Conclusions:Simultaneous Le Fort III and Le Fort I can correct differential upper and lower midface hypoplasia and is a well-tolerated procedure in the mature facial skeleton. This systematic review improves our understanding of the surgical technique and indications for a procedure that can correct complex midfacial deformities.

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