Maxillomandibular Advancement Surgery (MMA) – When other treatment procedures have failed for sleep apnea, Maxillomandibular Advancement Surgery can be performed. Maxillomandibular Advancement Surgery involves moving the upper and lower jaw forward and is used for patients with obstructive sleep apnea.
Maxillomandibular Advancement (MMA) is believed to be one of the most effective surgical procedures for sleep apnea due to its high success rate. MMA will require general anesthesia in an operating room and hospitalization is usually required for 48 to 72 hours. Patients cannot return to work for a few weeks. Chewing should be avoided for four weeks. However, swallowing (and speech) is not affected by this procedure. The bite is normally preserved with plates and screws.