Craniofacial Surgery

Orthognathic Surgery Knoxville

Orthognathic surgery involves repositioning the jaws to properly align them and can correct both major and minor facial irregularities.  The result is a more balanced, harmonious appearance of the face.  The surgery also corrects functional problems such as chewing, eating, and breating difficulties, abnormal speech patterns, early loss of teeth, and dysfunction of the temporomandibular…

A recent PR piece from MD Anderson about the use of the DaVinci operating robot to perform a muscle-flap breast reconstruction got me thinking about the technology that I use in my own practice and the more important question: Why do I use the “advanced” technology that I do? I’ll be the first to admit…

There are times in medicine, especially in surgery, when you feel incredibly blessed and lucky to be doing what you are doing.  I’ll share a brief story with you, and I hope you’ll see what I mean. If you don’t know, I love the migraine part of my practice.  You can read more about it…

A large part of my practice is dedicated to the treatment of migraine headaches with microvascular nerve decompression.  In addition to decompression of numerous nerves in the forehead, temples and within the nose that cause migraine headaches, there are also nerves in the back of the head that can cause chronic headaches. This type of…

There has been lots of talk in the news recently highlighting a number of courageous patients who have undergone transplants of part or all of their faces.  Both they and the team of doctors that are taking care of them are to be commended – these operations are pushing the boundaries of what is medically…

Almost 25% of women between 18 and 50 suffer from migraine headaches.  As any of you who suffer from migraines knows, the cost – in terms of medications, ER visits, lost days at work, etc (not to mention time lost with your family and friends, which is irreplaceable) is immense. A little science – the…

As I kissed my wife and daughter good-bye at the security checkpoint, I was wracked with guilt and uncertainty.  Why, exactly, was I getting on a plane bound for Zimbabwe and leaving two crying women – the two most important people in my life – behind?  I kept telling myself that I was going because…

I love what I do. I think that I may have one of the coolest professions on the planet…take a look into a day in my (work) life and perhaps you will see why. From a plastic surgery standpoint, my practice is unique, and that’s exactly the way I want it. Yes, I do cosmetic…

I love taking care of children. It’s a great part of my job. Yes – kids terrorize the office. They empty the jar of lollipops on the front desk. And we’ve had more than one room-clearing newborn poop (which usually happens right when I’m trying to examine them). But it’s great, and I wouldn’t have…

You can OPERATE on people for migraine headaches? Does it WORK? These are two of the questions I get when I start talking about doing surgery to help people suffering with migraine headaches. To keep my answer short and easy to follow, the answer to both questions is the same: Yes. Ten years or so…