Complex facial deformity reconstruction with a surgical guide incorporating a built-in occlusal stent as the positioning reference

Jing Jing Fang, Jia Kuang Liu, Tzu Chieh Wu, Jing Wei Lee, Tai Hong Kuo

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Abstract

Computer-aided design has gained increasing popularity in clinical practice, and the advent of rapid prototyping technology has further enhanced the quality and predictability of surgical outcomes. It provides target guides for complex bony reconstruction during surgery. Therefore, surgeons can efficiently and precisely target fracture restorations. Based on three-dimensional models generated from a computed tomographic scan, precise preoperative planning simulation on a computer is possible. Combining the interdisciplinary knowledge of surgeons and engineers, this study proposes a novel surgical guidance method that incorporates a built-in occlusal wafer that serves as the positioning reference. Two patients with complex facial deformity suffering from severe facial asymmetry problems were recruited. In vitro facial reconstruction was first rehearsed on physical models, where a customized surgical guide incorporating a built-in occlusal stent as the positioning reference was designed to implement the surgery plan. This study is intended to present the authors’ preliminary experience in a complex facial reconstruction procedure. It suggests that in regions with less information, where intraoperative computed tomographic scans or navigation systems are not available, our approach could be an effective, expedient, straightforward aid to enhance surgical outcome in a complex facial repair.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e260-e265
JournalJournal of Craniofacial Surgery
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 May

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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