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Surgical Mini-Lectures and Clinics

Saturday, September 17, 2011
1:00PM - 3:00PM


(C) 104A-B


Minimally Invasive Temporomandibular Joint Surgery

Gerhard Undt, MD, DMD, PhD
Associate Professor, Hospital for Cranio-Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery
Medical University of Vienna
Vienna, Austria


Minimally invasive techniques are widely used for the treatment of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. In contrary to open TMJ surgery, these techniques allow to avoid scarring in the tissues surrounding the joint, they permit early mobilization of the jaw and reducing the time of hospitalization. However, a thorough undestanding of TMJ anatomy and pathology is mandatory when performing these techniques.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the anatomic basis and principles of minimally invasive TMJ surgery.
  2. Describe the correct points of entry and angulations of the puncturing needles determined by pre-operative MR imaging and palpation of lateral parts of the TMJ. The correct technique will be demonstrated on anatomical models.
  3. Describe how to diagnose different TMJ pathologies and chose adequate treatment modalities.

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