Computer planning and intraoperative navigation in cranio-maxillofacial surgery.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service, Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Health Center, Head and Neck Surgical Associates, Oregon Health & Science University, 1849 NW Kearney, Suite 300, Portland, OR 97209, USA.
Oral and maxillofacial surgery clinics of North America 02/2010; 22(1):135-56. DOI: 10.1016/j.coms.2009.10.010
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ABSTRACT Preoperative computer design and stereolithographic modeling combined with intraoperative navigation provide a useful guide for and possibly more accurate reconstruction of a variety of complex cranio-maxillofacial deformities. Although probably not necessary for routine use, the author's early experience confirms that of other surgeons with more than a decade of experience: computer-assisted surgery is indicated for complex posttraumatic or postablative reconstruction of the orbits, cranium, maxilla, and mandible; total temporomandibular joint replacement; orthognathic surgery; and complex dental/craniofacial implantology. Further study is needed to provide outcomes data and cost-benefit analyses for each of these indications.

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