Surgical Scope


Anesthesia/sedation: Residents are comprehensively trained in the all aspects of anesthesia. The residents spend a total of 6 months on the anesthesia service; 2 full month of which is at Riley Pediatric Hospital. In addition to the formal anesthesia rotation the OMFS residents participate in office based ambulatory anesthetics in the OMFS outpatient clinics. The clinic has full anesthesia abilities and performs LMA and intubated care.

 Craniofacial surgery: The department is an integral component of the Craniofacial Team at Riley Pediatric Hospital. The Craniofacial Team meets every Monday morning. The residents participate in primary and secondary alveolar cleft repair and orthognathic surgery of the cleft patient under the supervision of the Departmental faculty.

 Dentoalveolar: The residents get extensive experience in dentoalveolar surgery at the three outpatient clinics: Regenstrief Health Center, Indiana University Hospital, and the outpatient OMFS clinic at Indiana University School of Dentistry

 Orthognathic surgery: Orthognathic surgery is performed at all facilities. The cases operated on at University Hospital are done in conjunction with the IU orthodontic group. The residents participate fully in treatment planning. The residents also work closely with several private practitioners that operate at Methodist Hospital and at a ambulatory surgical center. The residents participate in preoperative and postoperative office management of many of these patients.

 Osseointegrated implants: The residents receive extensive experience in treatment planning and surgical placement of osseointegrated implants. Many of the patients treated in the residency require various types of bone grafts, which are performed in the office. The department also places several facial implants working closely with the IU School of Dentistry Maxillofacial Prosthodontist program.

 Trauma: Two of the four primary hospitals affiliated with the program are level 1 trauma centers. The Department performs full scope management of maxillofacial trauma. Most of the mandible fractures are referred to the department. Craniofacial trauma is divided between three services equally. In addition to the cases that present to the affiliated hospitals the department is a resource for many surgeons throughout the state.

 Temporomandibular joint surgery: The residents participate in the full scope diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular disorders.

 Pathology: The residents obtain extensive training in the management of maxillofacial pathology. Residents also do a  2 month rotation on head and neck surgery. During this rotation they usually are the first assistant and participate fully in the management of these patients. The residents also do a rotation on oral and maxillofacial pathology with Dr. Don-John Summerlin and participate during their 4 years in a weekly pathology conference with Dr. Summerlin.

 Reconstruction: The oral and maxillofacial surgery service performs numerous reconstructive procedures include hard and soft tissue grafts. The IU center also serves as a referral center for nerve injuries.

 Sleep Apnea Surgery: The residents obtain experience performing a variety of procedures for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, including maxillomandibular advancement, genial tubercle advancement, and hyoid suspension.