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Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 52–58 | Cite as

Influence of Kinesiologic Tape on Post-operative Swelling After Orthognathic Surgery

  • U. TozziEmail author
  • M. Santagata
  • A. Sellitto
  • G. P. Tartaro
Clinical Paper

Abstract

Introduction

Orthognathic surgery involves making several osteotomies that lead to varying degrees of post-operative swelling. The use of KT may be beneficial for postoperative treatment after head and neck surgery, accelerating drainage of tissue reaction or haemorrhages. The goal of this study was to find out if the application of KT prevents or improves swelling, pain and trismus after orthognathic surgery, improving patients’ postoperative quality of life.

Materials and Methods

In this double-blinded, randomized, control trial, 24 patients in whom bimaxillary orthognathic surgery was indicated, were included. Before surgery each patient alternatively was randomly included in the study group (treated with K-Taping® and corticosteroid) or in the control group (treated with corticosteroid). In the present study a MakerBot® Digitizer 3D™ was used to assess accurate volume measurements. All swelling measurements were expressed as total 3-D area of the landmarks (cm2 ) in T0 pre-operative, T1 fourth day after surgery.

Results

The differences T0–T1 are highly significant (p < 0.01) between group 1 or study group (treated with K-taping®) and group 2 (control group).

Discussion

The use of KT appears promising, because it is simple to carry out, less traumatic, economical, can be performed everywhere in the world, free from side effects on the body. Even when swelling persists, KT gives patients the impression of a minor swelling detracting them from their pain and morbidity. Further studies have to be performed to find out if KT can reduce or replace the need for additional medications such as the use of steroids.

Keywords

Orthognathic surgery Kinesiotape Edema Digitizer 3-D 

Notes

Acknowledgments

There was no financial support for this study by any company.

Conflict of interest

We declare that we have no conflicts of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • U. Tozzi
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  • M. Santagata
    • 1
  • A. Sellitto
    • 2
  • G. P. Tartaro
    • 1
  1. 1.Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Unit, Multidisciplinary Department of Medical and Dental SpecialtiesAOU – SUN (Second University of Naples)NaplesItaly
  2. 2.Department of Industrial and Information EngineeringSUN (Second University of Naples)AversaItaly
  3. 3.AversaItaly

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