Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

We provide oral and maxillofacial surgeon expert witnesses and court reports

What does an oral and maxillofacial surgeon do?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons diagnose and treat patients with diseases affecting the mouth, jaws, face, and neck.

As well as treating disease of the mouth, jaws, face and neck, oral and maxillofacial surgeons may also offer cosmetic procedures to enhance the appearance of the face, jaws, and teeth, such as orthognathic (jaw) surgery, dental implants, and facial reconstruction.

How specialist are oral and maxillofacial surgeons?

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a unique speciality because it is the only surgical specialty in which surgeons must hold a dental and a medical degree. Becoming a consultant in oral and maxillofacial surgery requires a significant amount of education and training.

There are several subspecialties of oral and maxillofacial surgery, including

  • Treatment of head and neck cancer, involving the removal of tumours and reconstructive surgery, including microvascular free tissue transfer
  • Surgery for craniofacial facial deformities, involving the correction of congenital (from birth), or acquired facial deformities.  The purpose of these interventions is to improve oro-facial function, to overcome facial disfigurement, and to restore quality of life.
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery of the teeth (including implants), jaws, temporomandibular joints, salivary glands, and facial skin lesions.
  • Oral medicine, involving the diagnosis and management of medical conditions presenting in and around the cervico-facial structures.
  • Craniofacial trauma concerning the treatment of facial soft and hard tissue injuries of the craniofacial structures.
  • Cosmetic surgery to enhance facial aesthetics and improve quality of life.

Why might you need to instruct an oral and maxillofacial surgeon expert witness?

As with any area of clinical practice things can go wrong. Although there are only about 400 consultant oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the UK, oral and maxillofacial surgeons are sought after in cases of clinical negligence and personal injury as it is one of the most litigious specialties. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons may be instructed to comment on the standard of care provided by other oral and maxillofacial surgeons, to provide an opinion on the cause and extent of an individual’s injuries, or to offer an opinion on the prognosis for an individual’s recovery.
Expert witnesses are often instructed to provide “quantum reports” to help the court calculate compensation. Information obtained from the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) under the Freedom of Information Act concerning claims between 1995 and 2010 revealed that the largest award for a claim of clinical negligence totalled £300,000 and was for a misdiagnosis of oral cancer. Breach of duty and, or causation reports, are often required.
Claims of clinical negligence in oral and maxillofacial surgery may concern:

  • General oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS)
  • Dentoalveolar Surgery
  • Facial trauma
  • Facial plastic surgery including facial cosmetic surgery
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Facial reconstruction
  • Salivary gland pathology
  • Facial skin cancer

As well as cases of misdiagnosis, claims may arise from personal injury including facial fractures, lacerations, dental trauma, temporomandibular (TMJ) injuries, and facial scarring. Claims may also follow, for example, mismanagement of skin cancers of the head and neck, temporomandibular (TMJ) disorders, salivary gland disease, orthognathic surgery, facial, and nasal trauma management.

What experts does Expert Court Reports have?

We have two experienced and well-respected oral and maxillofacial surgeon expert witnesses on our panel. Mr Panayiotis (Panos) Kyzas is a consultant oral and maxillofacial surgeon/head and neck surgeon at Royal Blackburn Hospital. He has a specialist interest in ablation and reconstruction of head and neck cancer and facial skin cancer. Mr Mike Perry is a consultant oral and maxillofacial surgeon at Northwick Park Hospital in Middlesex. He is the maxillofacial trauma lead at Northwick Park and focuses on trauma, orbital pathology, post traumatic deformity, and skin cancer.

Why use Expert Court Reports?

A robust oral and maxillofacial surgeon expert witness should come with years of clinical experience as well as specific competencies to act as an expert witness.  Look for someone who has established expert witness experience.  Our oral and maxillofacial surgeon expert witnesses, Mr Panayiotis (Panos) Kyzas and Mr Mike Perry, have many years of experience both in their clinical field and as an expert witnesses.

How quickly can you provide a report?

At Expert Court Reports Ltd, we understand the pressures of the legal profession.  We recognise that litigation is subject to defined timescales and for this reason, we will be as flexible and accommodating as we are able to be.  However, we pride ourselves on not promising work that cannot be reliably delivered within a given timescale.  The quality of the evidence which is provided by our experts is subject to review and scrutiny.  All expert reports are subject to a detailed and robust proofreading process to ensure that our expert evidence is accurate and expertly formatted.

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