Reconstruction of midface defect from idiopathic destructive process using Medpor implant

Joel Franco, Michael S. Harris, Dominic Vernon, Taha Z. Shipchandler

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Importance Reconstruction of the midface remains a challenging task for even the most experienced surgeon, with a host of reconstructive options including free tissue transfer, allografts, or prosthetic implants. Presented here is a case of idiopathic bony destruction of the right midface in a 19 year old female, creating a unique defect requiring repair. Objective Demonstrate a unique case of severe maxillary degeneration and discuss the associated reconstructive challenges and final repair with a prosthetic implant. Design Case report. Results The patient presented with a 7 month history of an idiopathic progressive deformity of the right cheek. Computed tomography of the paranasal sinuses revealed extensive bone loss of the right midface and orbit. The patient underwent facial reconstruction using a customized Medpor (Stryker Corp, Kalamazoo, MI) implant. At 6 month follow-up the patient and physician were both pleased with the patient's overall appearance. The patient did have some residual lower lid retraction present as well as some lateral pull at the lateral canthus outward from the orbit itself. Conclusions Preoperative planning for midface reconstruction requires a deep understanding of the aesthetic, functional, and supportive roles this structure holds. Computer assistance allows the creation of custom made implants, providing the reconstructive surgeon with innovative options for reconstruction with minimal morbidity to the patient. As the technology around the design and creation of the custom implants continues to improve, the role of computer assistance in reconstruction will become more prominent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-353
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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