Original Research Paper
Application Of Virtual Surgical Planning And Rapid Prototyping In Maxillofacial Trauma Surgery: A Case Series
Dr Nitish Chandra Gupta, Dr Chitra Chakravarthy, Dr Shivraj Wadaragi, Dr Ravi Patil
Mandibular fractures are one of the most common traumatic injuries which require treatment from oral and maxillofacial surgeon. With the recent advancements in computer aided surgical planning and 3d printing technique have provided new tool for predictable management of maxillofacial trauma and reconstruction. Purpose of this study is to show various applications of virtual surgical planning and 3d printing in maxillofacial trauma surgery. Using patients high resolution CT scan virtual surgical planning followed by mock surgery on 3d printed mandibular model was performed. Pre-adapted miniplates were used to accurately transfer preoperative plan intra-operatively. Use of virtual surgical planning and mock surgery on 3d printed model enabled us to accurately transfer preoperative plan intraoperatively using pre adapted miniplates. Duration of surgery was significantly reduced and complications of general anesthesia were minimal. Also, virtual surgical planning enables operator to formulate best possible treatment plan for the patient.
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