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.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Oral Surgery