Bernd Lethaus, Lucas Poort, Roland Böckmann, Ralf Smeets, Rene Tolba, Peter Kessler
Abstract:The prebent plate was used in all patients intraoperatively without the need for any further bending. The average time to bend a plate on a nonsterile model was 0.42 h (range 0.25-0.68 h). This is felt to represent the minimum amount of time saved during the operation. Additive manufacture of the mandible prior to resection and reconstruction with a microvascular flap is a useful technique which reduces the operating time.
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