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incision or transection of a bone.
cuneiform osteotomy removal of a wedge of bone.
displacement osteotomy surgical division of a bone and shifting of the divided ends to change the alignment of the bone or to alter weight-bearing stresses.
Le Fort osteotomy transverse sectioning and repositioning of the maxilla; the incision for each of the three types (Le Fort I, II, and III o's) is placed along the line defined by the corresponding Le Fort's fracture.
linear osteotomy the sawing or simple cutting of a bone.
sagittal split osteotomy surgically splitting the ramus of the mandible sagitally and shifting the positions of the parts, performed to correct prognathism.
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The lengthwise division of a bone.
See also: osteotomy
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