Virtual surgical planning and 3D printing in repeat calvarial vault reconstruction for craniosynostosis: Technical note

Melissa Lopresti, Bradley Daniels, Edward P. Buchanan, Laura Monson, Sandi Lam*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Repeat surgery for restenosis after initial nonsyndromic craniosynostosis intervention is sometimes needed. Calvarial vault reconstruction through a healed surgical bed adds a level of intraoperative complexity and may benefit from preoperative and intraoperative definitions of biometric and aesthetic norms. Computer-assisted design and manufacturing using 3D imaging allows the precise formulation of operative plans in anticipation of surgical intervention. 3D printing turns virtual plans into anatomical replicas, templates, or customized implants by using a variety of materials. The authors present a technical note illustrating the use of this technology: a repeat calvarial vault reconstruction that was planned and executed using computer-assisted design and 3D printed intraoperative guides.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)490-494
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • 3D printing
  • Computer-assisted design
  • Computer-assisted manufacturing
  • Craniofacial
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Surgical technique
  • Virtual surgical planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology

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