The use of screw fixation of methyl methacrylate to reconstruct large craniofacial contour defects

The use of screw fixation of methyl methacrylate to reconstruct large craniofacial contour defects Reconstructive surgeons hesitate to use alloplastic materials when autogenous alternatives are available. Our experience using large volumes of methyl methacrylate stabilized by microscrews has been reviewed in a sample of 25 consecutive cases with a follow-up of at least two years. The conclusion of the study was that methyl methacrylate, if securely stabilized, is safe to use, predictable, and pleasing aesthetic results can be obtained in a single-stage procedure. This is especially true for reconstruction of complex three-dimensional contour deformities of the craniofacial skeleton. This material has only been used in patients in whom facial growth has ceased. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

The use of screw fixation of methyl methacrylate to reconstruct large craniofacial contour defects

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Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Copyright
Copyright © 1999 by Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Plastic Surgery
ISSN
0930-343X
eISSN
1435-0130
D.O.I.
10.1007/s002380050137
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Abstract

Reconstructive surgeons hesitate to use alloplastic materials when autogenous alternatives are available. Our experience using large volumes of methyl methacrylate stabilized by microscrews has been reviewed in a sample of 25 consecutive cases with a follow-up of at least two years. The conclusion of the study was that methyl methacrylate, if securely stabilized, is safe to use, predictable, and pleasing aesthetic results can be obtained in a single-stage procedure. This is especially true for reconstruction of complex three-dimensional contour deformities of the craniofacial skeleton. This material has only been used in patients in whom facial growth has ceased.

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European Journal of Plastic SurgerySpringer Journals

Published: Feb 8, 1999

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