Recovery After Inferior Alveolar Nerve Injury Associated with Sagittal Split Osteotomy: Importance of Patient Resilience

  • Leonard B. Kaban
    Walter C. Guralnick Distinguished Professor & Chief EmeritusDepartment of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Massachusetts General Hospital Boston, MA
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  • Jeffrey C. Posnick
    Corresponding Author Posnick MD Consulting 10100 Counselman Road Potomac, MD 20854
    Professor Emeritus, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery & Pediatrics Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC Professor of Orthodontics University of Maryland, Baltimore, College of Dental Surgery Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Howard University College of Dentistry, Washington, DC
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Published:January 11, 2022DOI:
      Traumatic experiences are stressful, but they are part of life. In “The End of Trauma,” George A. Bonanno, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Loss, Trauma and Emotional Laboratory at Teachers College, Columbia University explains why two humans may respond differently to the same traumatic event.

      Bonanno, G. The end of trauma: How the new science of resilience is changing how we think about PTSD. London: Basic Books, 2022.

      He points out that the progression of a person’s expected level of stress from an injury into a stress disorder is significantly influenced by the individual’s behavioral response to the specific injury. Dr. Bonanno describes “resilient” individuals as having a mindset consisting of optimism, confidence in their ability to cope and a “challenge” orientation to problem solving.1Without an adequate reservoir of resilience even a mild traumatic event can lead to despair and defeat.
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