Use of a nasogastric catheter to prevent soft tissue entanglement of the externally ported distractor arm

Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2003 Jun;32(3):337-8. doi: 10.1054/ijom.2003.0364.


A simple method for the protection of the surrounding soft tissue during activation of a percutaneously ported distractor arm is presented. This reduces tissue damage, enhances patient compliance and could improve the overall success rate of the technique.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Intubation, Gastrointestinal / instrumentation*
  • Mandibular Advancement / methods*
  • Osteogenesis, Distraction / adverse effects
  • Osteogenesis, Distraction / instrumentation*
  • Soft Tissue Injuries / etiology
  • Soft Tissue Injuries / prevention & control