Use of 3D printing in Cranio-Maxillo-Facial surgery

3D planning, surgical guides and patient-specific implants are increasingly being used in cranio-maxillo facial surgery. Clinical papers report that the use of 3D planning, surgical guides and patient-specific implants reduces operative time, complications and improves surgical outcomes*

3D LifePrints can offer your organisation both 3D / CAD modelling and planning services as well as the physical manufacturing of 3D printed surgical cutting guides and implants. The 3D LifePrints CMF team comprises of experts in the field who have worked on hundreds of cases including:

  • Maxillary and mandibular reconstructions with fibula/scapula free flap.
  • Midface reconstruction (orbital floor reconstruction, zygoma repositioning)
  • Complex deformities (craniosynostosis sequelae, facial bi-partition, Treacher Collins syndrome, hemifacial microsomia)
  • Orthognathic surgery (Lefort I, BSSO, chin wing osteotomy, bi-maxillary osteotomy with or without genioplasty)
Chang E: Long-Term Operative Outcomes of Preoperative Computed Tomography–Guided Virtual Surgical Planning for Osteocutaneous Free Flap Mandible Reconstruction, 2016
Tarsitano A.: Is a computer-assisted design and computer-assisted manufacturing method for mandibular reconstruction economically viable? 2016

3D Printed Implants

3D LifePrints can offer patient specific CMF implants in both titanium and PEKK. Patient-specific implants can include:

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Surgical Guides

Patient-specific surgical guides are becoming more common. The surgery is planned in detail within a software package and then translated onto a patient with great accuracy, thanks to the surgical guides.

3D LifePrints is working with CMF surgeons to develop these guides for a variety of procedures. 3D LifePrints can offer a variety of patient specific and 3D printed surgical guides, manufactured in PA12 or titanium, and sterilisable for use intra-operatively.

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