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Journal of Maxillofacial Trauma 2012 December;1(3):87-91

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Virtual surgical planning for the repair of complex mandibular trauma, International Society of Maxillofacial TraumaTeaching Cases

Harris III R. 1, Duke J. 2, Press S. 3

1 Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, USA;
2 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons of Northeast Texas, Texarkana, TX, USA;
3 International Society of Maxillofacial Trauma Teaching, Brentwood, TN, USA


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Highly comminuted fractures of the mandible are complicated injuries to repair, often leading to an increased need for secondary operations. Traditional methods may provide results, which while sufficient, prove to be less than optimal. Because of the higher forces and the resultant injuries, these fractures can provide distinct intraoperative challenges for the surgical team. With the use of virtual surgical planning, many of these challenges are made much easier to handle and can even be overcome. The following teaching module will illustrate the traditional method of repair for a complex, comminuted mandible fracture, while at the same time demonstrating the use of virtual surgical planning for treatment. It is the goal of the following teaching case to stimulate discussion among faculty and their trainees to develop a biomechanically sound guide for repair.

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