Fractured Zygoma

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also known as
Broken cheekbone

Common Description

The zygoma is the cheekbone. Symptoms of a fractured zygoma are usually caused by displaced bone affecting the surrounding soft tissues.

Medical Description


  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Sub-conjunctival haemorrhage
  • Double vision or blurred vision
  • Numbness or altered sensation
  • Trismus
  • Malocclusion

Our Recommendation

Depending on the type of fracture (displaced or undisplaced) surgery is usually required. Surgery should be undertaken by an experienced Craniomaxillofacial and/or Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon.

DDMS Process and Procedure

Surgery involves restoring the integrity of the fractured bone. This is done with bone grafts and/or mini-plates and screws. Surgery should be undertaken within 6 weeks of happening. The details of surgery will vary for each individual and the extent and complexity of the surgery will be heavily influenced by the nature of the fracture.

Complications following surgery may include:
- residual deformity
- prominent plates (which may need to be removed)
- disturbance of the eyeball position
- injury to the eye
- nerve injury resulting in numbness or altered sensation

Pre-Op Preparation

Prior to surgery for a fractured zygoma you will have:
- CT Head and facial bones
- Consultation with an ophthalmologist
- Clinical photos

Post-Op Recovery

It is essential that you attend all post-operative appointments. You will require:
- Consultation with the Craniofacial surgeon
- Consultation with the Ophthomologist,
- CT Head and facial bones
- Clinical photos


Q:  If I go to a Public Hospital Emergency Department for treatment, can I still see Professor David?
A:   Yes! You are entitled to request that he, or even a member of the Craniofacial team see you.

Q:  Will Professor David treat me if I do not have Private Health Insurance?
A:   Yes, although he may not do the surgery himself, a member of Craniofacial team will.

Q:  Will Professor David treat me if the injury is a result of a car accident, work accident or assualt?
A:   Yes. Professor David has extensive experience dealing with insurance companys in these types of cases.


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David David Medical Services
226 Melbourne Street
North Adelaide
South Australia, 5006
T (61) 8 8267 1466
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