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Meoclinic Hospital Berlin

location_on Berlin, Germany
9.4/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Adult and Pediatric Oral, Maxillofacial Surgery (696214)

Christine Jacobsen

PD. Dr. med. Dr. med. dent.

Christine Jacobsen

Specialized in: adult and pediatric oral, maxillofacial surgery

About the Department of Adult and Pediatric Oral, Maxillofacial Surgery at Meoclinic Hospital Berlin

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Oral, Maxillofacial Surgery at the Meoclinic Hospital Berlin provides the full range of modern surgical interventions in the area of its ​​specialization. The department's specialists focus on patients with jaw malformations, dysgnathia, sleep-related breathing disorders, temporomandibular diseases, maxillofacial injuries and other pathologies. The department's surgical team also provides services to children with maxillofacial deformities, the most common of which is cleft lip and palate. The main task of the department's surgeons is to preserve and restore the anatomical structures of the face and jaws. At the same time, it is important for the specialists to restore not only functionality (speech, chewing and swallowing), but also to achieve the most attractive aesthetic appearance. The team of the department's surgeons have a perfect command of the progressive surgical techniques, and also has excellent technical equipment. All this contributes to high-quality medical service and the best therapeutic results. The department is headed by PD. Dr. med. Dr. med. dent. Christine Jacobsen.

The department has successful experience in the treatment of the temporomandibular disorders. Patients come to the department with such symptoms as pain when opening the mouth, masticatory muscle stiffness, lower jaw displacement, malocclusion, headaches, and others. To confirm or exclude the diagnosis, a comprehensive examination is required, including a study of the anamnesis, clinical examination, laboratory blood tests, computed tomography and/or magnetic resonance imaging. Should the diagnosis of temporomandibular joint dysfunction be confirmed, the department's specialists begin therapy, choosing a therapeutic tactic depending on the severity and stage of the pathology. Whenever possible, preference is given to conservative therapy: the use of special splints, biofeedback, physiotherapy and medications. The department's maxillofacial surgeons also often resort to hyaluronic acid injections, joint washing and stem cell therapy. The last-line therapy is a surgical intervention: arthroscopic and classical operations. The operation of the first choice is arthroscopic intervention, since the procedure is less traumatic and does not require patient hospitalization.

The department often admits patients with maxillofacial injuries caused by falls, sports injuries, and traffic accidents. In most cases, the department's specialists have to resort to surgical intervention to treat injury. As a rule, operations are performed using minimally invasive techniques. As a result of the injury, the patient may develop complications such as malocclusion, jaw asymmetry, diplopia and incorrect position of the eyes, difficulty in nasal breathing. Therefore, the department's surgeons are also competent in performing revision surgery to eliminate the above mentioned defects. Prior to any surgical treatment of injuries, imaging diagnostics and other necessary tests are mandatory, based on the results of which a decision is made on the optimal treatment option.

The department also admits young patients with maxillofacial deformities. For many years, the specialists of the medical facility have been successfully performing operations to repair cleft lip and palate, dysostosis, craniosynostosis, Treacher Collins syndrome and hemimandibular hyperplasia. These malformations usually require surgical repair, but physiotherapists, speech therapists and other experts are also involved in the therapeutic process, providing comprehensive treatment. The doctors have deep knowledge in the field of pediatric anatomy, and therefore when choosing treatment tactics, they always take into account the characteristics of a growing organism. For example, in the treatment of cleft lip and palate, several surgical interventions are required, which are performed as the child grows.

The department's range of medical services includes:

  • Diagnostics and treatment of dysgnathia (malocclusion)
    • Orthodontic treatment
    • Surgical treatment
    • Combination therapy (a combination of two methods)
  • Diagnostics and treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders
    • Conservative therapy
      • Drug therapy
      • Biofeedback 
      • Taping
      • Physiotherapy
      • Splinting
    • Minimally invasive therapy
      • Hyaluronic acid injections
      • Joint lavage
      • Stem cell therapy for joint tissue regeneration
    • Arthroscopic interventions
    • Classic surgical interventions
  • Diagnostics and treatment of maxillofacial injuries
    • Conservative therapy
    • Surgical treatment
  • Diagnostics and treatment of sleep-related breathing disorders: obstructive sleep apnea and upper airway resistance syndrome
    • Conservative treatment
      • Lifestyle modification: dietary modification, weight loss, regular exercises
      • Treatment with special splints
      • CPAP therapy
    • Surgical treatment
      • Maxillomandibular advancement
      • Surgery to remove tonsils
      • Tongue stimulator placement
  • Diagnostics and treatment of functional nasal pathologies 
    • Rhinoplasty
  • Diagnostics and treatment of maxillofacial bone diseases: osteomyelitis, osteonecrosis of the jaw bones, neoplasms in the maxillofacial bone tissues, radio-induced osteonecrosis
    • Conservative treatment
    • Surgical treatment
  • Reconstructive facial plastic surgery 
    • Blepharoplasty
    • Mentoplasty (chin plastic surgery)
    • Facial contouring
    • Face and neck lift
  • Diagnostics and treatment of maxillofacial malformations in children: cleft lip and palate, dysostosis, craniosynostosis, Treacher Collins syndrome, mandibular asymmetry
    • Conservative treatment
    • Surgical treatment
  • Diagnostics and treatment of other pathologies

Curriculum vitae of PD. Dr. med. Dr. med. dent. Christine Jacobsen

University Education

  • 2013 Venia Legendi in the field of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Zurich.
  • Thesis defense in Dentistry, Eberhard Karl University of Tuebingen.
  • 2007 Thesis defense in Medicine, University of Zurich.
  • 1996 - 2002 Study of Dentistry, Eberhard Karl University of Tuebingen.
  • 1997 - 2003 Study of Medicine, Eberhard Karl University of Tuebingen.

Professional Career

  • Since 2019 Work in The FacialSurgery Team Private Practice.
  • Since 2020 Senior Physician (part-time), Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University Hospital Zurich.
  • Since 2020 Member of the Cantonal Ethics Committee of the Canton of Zurich.
  • 2015 - 2020 Instructor and Training Surgeon specializing in craniofacial malformations, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University Hospital Zurich.
  • 2015 - 2019 Managing Senior Physician, Prof. Sailer Clinic, Zurich.
  • 2009 - 2015 Senior Physician, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University Hospital Zurich.
  • 2009 Scholarship in Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, UK.
  • 2007 Scholarship in Cleft Lip Surgery, Department of Craniomaxillofacial Surgery, University of Pretoria, South Africa.
  • 2005 - 2009 Assistant Physician, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University Hospital Zurich.
  • 2005 Training, Department of Laser Medicine, Elisabeth Hospital, Berlin.
  • 2004 Department of Surgery, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University of the West Indies, Barbados.
  • 2004 Teaching training in craniofacial malformations, Department of Plastic Surgery, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • 2002 - 2003 Dentist, Department of Prosthetics and Materials Science, Dentistry Center at the University Hospital Tuebingen.
  • 2001 Work in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Marienhospital Stuttgart.
  • 2001 Training in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Department of Orthopedics, Military Hospital, Peking University, China.

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