Single-Unit 3D-Printed Titanium Reconstruction Plate for Maxillary Reconstruction: The Evolution of Surgical Reconstruction for Maxillary Defects—A Case Report and Review of Current Techniques

James C. Melville, Christopher Scott Manis, Jonathan W. Shum, Dhafer Alsuwied

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Abstract

The complex 3-dimensional anatomy of the facial skeleton creates a unique challenge for surgical reconstruction. Even more difficult is the precise reconstruction of the maxilla owing to its lack of solid bony support after large resections. Virtual surgical planning (VSP) technology has many applications in head and neck surgery, such as preoperative planning, fabrication of cutting guides and stereolithographic models, and fabrication of custom implants. We present the case of a patient who had undergone surgical resection of a mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the maxilla and immediate reconstruction with a vascularized free fibula flap using VSP. Using a custom 3-dimensional, titanium printed plate, which corresponded precisely with the surgical defect, the maxilla and midface were reconstructed to ideal dimensions with no unplanned surgical manipulation and a shorter overall operating time. We have described the technique and reviewed the pertinent reported data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)874.e1-874.e13
JournalJournal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Volume77
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oral Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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