Virtual surgical planning for orbital reconstruction

Srinivas M. Susarla, Katherine Duncan, Nicholas R. Mahoney, Shannath L. Merbs, Michael P. Grant

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The advent of computer-assisted technology has revolutionized planning for complex craniofacial operations, including orbital reconstruction. Orbital reconstruction is ideally suited for virtual planning, as it allows the surgeon to assess the bony anatomy and critical neurovascular structures within the orbit, and plan osteotomies, fracture reductions, and orbital implant placement with efficiency and predictability. In this article, we review the use of virtual surgical planning for orbital decompression, posttraumatic midface reconstruction, reconstruction of a two-wall orbital defect, and reconstruction of a large orbital floor defect with a custom implant. The surgeon managing orbital pathology and posttraumatic orbital deformities can benefit immensely from utilizing virtual planning for various types of orbital pathology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)442-446
Number of pages5
JournalMiddle East African Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015


  • Orbital Decompression
  • Orbital Reconstruction
  • Orbital Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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