Objectives To discuss the utility of Computer technology for non-syndromic craniosynostosis (Metopic craniosynostosis) in the form of 3D printed models that could be utilised intraoperatively to aid fronto-orbital remodelling.
Design Prospective study form 2015–2017.
Subjects Paediatric non-syndromic metopic craniosynostosis cohort.
Methods We present a series of 7 patients with non-syndromic metopic craniosynostosis operated on by the craniofacial team Edinburgh over a three year period. The Edinburgh Craniofacial service is supported by the Managed Service Network (MSN) for Neurosurgery, Scotland as a part of nationally delivered Craniofacial service. We utilised 3D printing models of the orbital bar to plan a fronto-orbital advancement technique. The models were then subsequently sterilised and used intra operatively. 3D printer utility is available to us as a part of the NHS Lothian craniomaxillofacial and plastics surgery service.
Results No intra-operative or post operative complications were noted in our series. All patients undergo standardised pre and post operative 3D CT and photography follow up to objectively measure the outcome.
Conclusions The utility of Computer technology is a useful and safe adjunct for non-syndromic craniosynostosis, particularly metopic craniosynostosis. A careful pre-operative planning and 3D printed model is helpful to achieve the desired bespoke surgical outcome and to reduce operative time. Post operative 3D CT and 3D photography were utilised to objectively measure the outcome. No extra costs were incurred to our service. We believe that this could be incorporated in preoperative planning as an essential tool.
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