When compared to intraoperative plate bending, a mandibular reconstruction plate pre-bent to a digitally designed physical stereolithographic model improves accuracy and efficiency in mandibular reconstruction (Gil et al., 2015). Nevertheless, this type of crude customisation’ still remains open to considerable inaccuracies/human error and risks introducing mechanical stresses into and ultimately premature mechanical failure of the plate. It has been proposed that 3D-printed (additively-manufactured) mandibular reconstruction plates further reduce the duration of surgery and frequency of complications, as well as producing a more accurate reconstruction due to the elimination of human error in the final stages of fabrication (in contrast to pre-bent plates) (Tarsitano et al., 2016). With a lack of high-level evidence to date, any ability of 3D-printed plates to improve functional outcomes for head and neck cancer patients undergoing mandibulectomy needs to be quantified. JaW PrinT is a NIHR-registered portfolio study aiming to provide pilot data for this purpose.
|Number of pages||2|
|Publication status||Published - 17 May 2019|
|Event||British Association of Head & Neck Oncologists 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting: Paradigm Shifts in Head & Neck Cancer - Royal College of Physicians , London, United Kingdom|
Duration: 17 May 2019 → 17 May 2019
|Conference||British Association of Head & Neck Oncologists 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting|
|Abbreviated title||BAHNO 2019|
|Period||17/05/19 → 17/05/19|