The use of 3D virtual surgical planning and computer aided design in reconstruction of maxillary surgical defects

Haye H Glas, Nathalie Vosselman, Sebastiaan A H J de Visscher*

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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    PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The present review describes the latest development of 3D virtual surgical planning (VSP) and computer aided design (CAD) for reconstruction of maxillary defects with an aim of fully prosthetic rehabilitation. The purpose is to give an overview of different methods that use CAD in maxillary reconstruction in patients with head and neck cancer.

    RECENT FINDINGS: 3D VSP enables preoperative planning of resection margins and osteotomies. The current 3D VSP workflow is expanded with multimodal imaging, merging decision supportive information. Development of more personalized implants is possible using CAD, individualized virtual muscle modelling and topology optimization. Meanwhile the translation of the 3D VSP towards surgery is improved by techniques like intraoperative imaging and augmented reality. Recent improvements of preoperative 3D VSP enables surgical reconstruction and/or prosthetic rehabilitation of the surgical defect in one combined procedure.

    SUMMARY: With the use of 3D VSP and CAD, ablation surgery, reconstructive surgery, and prosthetic rehabilitation can be planned preoperatively. Many reconstruction possibilities exist and a choice depends on patient characteristics, tumour location and experience of the surgeon. The overall objective in patients with maxillary defects is to follow a prosthetic-driven reconstruction with the aim to restore facial form, oral function, and do so in accordance with the individual needs of the patient.

    Originele taal-2English
    Pagina's (van-tot)122-128
    Aantal pagina's7
    TijdschriftCurrent opinion in otolaryngology & head and neck surgery
    Nummer van het tijdschrift2
    StatusPublished - apr-2020

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