The application of rapid prototyping techniques in cranial reconstruction and preoperative planning in neurosurgery.
- The value of rapid prototype models of the skull in our craniofacial and neurosurgical practice was analyzed. Individual skull models of 52 patients were produced by means of rapid prototyping techniques and used in various procedures. Patients were divided into three groups as follows: group I (26 patients) requiring corrective cranioplasty 1) after resection of osseous tumors (15 patients) and 2) with congenital and posttraumatic craniofacial deformities (11 patients), group II (10 patients) requiring reconstructive cranioplasty, and group III (16 patients) requiring planning of difficult skull base approaches. The utility of the stereolithographic models was assessed using the Gillespie scoring system. The esthetic and clinical outcomes were assessed by means of the esthetic outcome score and the Glasgow Outcome Score, respectively. Simulation of osteotomies for advancement plasty and craniofacial reassembly in the model before surgery in group I reduced operating time and intraoperative errors. In group II, the usefulness of the models depended directly on the size and configuration of the cranial defect. The planning of approaches to uncommon and complex skull base tumors (group III) was significantly influenced by the stereolithographic models. The esthetic outcome was pleasing. The indications for the manufacture of individual three-dimensional models could be cases of craniofacial dysmorphism that require meticulous preoperative planning and skull base surgery with difficult anatomical and reconstructive problems. The stereolithographic models provide 1) better understanding of the anatomy, 2) presurgical simulation, 3) intraoperative accuracy in localization of lesions, 4) accurate fabrication of implants, and 5) improved education of trainees.
Craniofacial Abnormalities surgery
Fibrous Dysplasia of Bone surgery
Skull Base surgery
Skull Neoplasms surgery
Patient Care Planning
Prostheses and Implants
Reconstructive Surgical Procedures
- Academic Journal
- The Journal of craniofacial surgery
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