YouTube™ as an information resource for orthognathic surgery

Emmett Hegarty, Ciara Campbell, Ektor Grammatopoulos, Andrew T. DiBiase*, Martyn Sherriff, Martyn T. Cobourne

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Objective: To investigate video content on YouTube™ related to orthognathic surgery. Materials and methods: YouTube™ was searched using the terms: orthognathic surgery; orthodontic surgery; jaw surgery; jaw corrective surgery. Inclusion criteria included English language; primary content orthognathic surgery and acceptable audio-visual quality. Videos were sorted into the top 50 for each search term by view-count and into an overall top 60 from the four searches. The following parameters were recorded for each video: number of views; likes; dislikes; source; primary intention. Each was classified according to information content as ‘excellent’, ‘moderate’ or ‘poor’. A pre-determined list of orthognathic surgery-related information domains was also evaluated. Results: The top 60 videos had a combined total of 6,986,141 views. Videos predominantly involved patients describing their personal experience (41.67%) with the majority positively biased (61.67%). Only 9.17% of videos were classified as having excellent general information content and 55.83% were rated as poor. Surgical procedures were described in 45% whilst the need for pre- and post-surgical orthodontics was discussed in 33% and 16%, respectively. Post-operative paraesthesia was discussed in 17.5% of videos outcome. Conclusions: Video content on YouTube™ relating to orthognathic surgery is substandard and patients should be advised to view it with caution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Orthodontics
Early online date2 May 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 May 2017


  • health
  • information
  • Internet
  • media
  • Orthodontics
  • orthognathic surgery
  • quality
  • YouTube


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