Philosophy of Corrective Surgery Planning

  • Hugo L. Obwegeser


It is not my intention to explain in every case why I corrected the anomaly in the way I did. Another surgeon may do the same case differently and the patient’s orthodontist may also have his own ideas. The final result of the surgical correction will be evaluated by the patient himself and his friends and for them it is the surgeon’s product, whether it is a good result in their eyes or not. As the surgeon is finally responsible for the outcome of the correction he should make the plan for the correction and not someone else. Based on my experience I am of the opinion that: “Treatment planning of facial skeletal anomalies is an intellectual product based on fundamental knowledge of the subject, experience, imagination and intuition. Executing the consequent surgery is manual work and therefore easier” (Principle No. 34).


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hugo L. Obwegeser
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  1. 1.University HospitalZürichSwitzerland

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