Videoscope assisted minimally invasive surgery (VMIS): 36-month results

Stephen K. Harrel, Martha E. Nunn, Celeste M. Abraham, Francisco Rivera-Hidalgo, Jay D. Shulman, John C. Tunnell

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Background: Clinical outcomes from videoscope assisted minimally invasive surgery (VMIS) at 36 to 58 months are reported. Methods: Fourteen patients having sites with residual probing depth (PD) of at least 5 mm and 2 mm loss of clinical attachment level (CAL) after initial non-surgical therapy were treated with VMIS. Results: At 36 months or greater post-surgery there was a statistically significant improvement (P <0.001) in mean PD and CAL (PD: 3.80 ± 1.18 mm, CAL: 4.16 ± 1.18 mm) in all surgical sites compared with baseline. There was a mean improvement in soft tissue height (0.36 ± 0.64 mm, P = 0.03). In most cases, patients reported no postoperative discomfort. Conclusions: Improvements from VMIS appear to be favorable when compared with previously reported results of periodontal regenerative surgery. All improvements were stable over time. The lack of post-surgical recession after VMIS has not been reported with traditional regenerative surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)528-535
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Periodontology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Periodontics

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    Harrel, S. K., Nunn, M. E., Abraham, C. M., Rivera-Hidalgo, F., Shulman, J. D., & Tunnell, J. C. (2017). Videoscope assisted minimally invasive surgery (VMIS): 36-month results. Journal of Periodontology, 88(6), 528-535.