Virtual surgical planning in craniofacial surgery

Harvey Chim, Nicholas Wetjen, Samir Mardini

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The complex three-dimensional anatomy of the craniofacial skeleton creates a formidable challenge for surgical reconstruction. Advances in computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing technology have created increasing applications for virtual surgical planning in craniofacial surgery, such as preoperative planning, fabrication of cutting guides, and stereolithographic models and fabrication of custom implants. In this review, the authors describe current and evolving uses of virtual surgical planning in craniofacial surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)150-157
Number of pages8
JournalSeminars in Plastic Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 2014


  • cranial vault remodeling
  • craniofacial surgery
  • craniosynostosis
  • distraction osteogenesis
  • virtual surgical planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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