Face transplant
Mandible reconstruction
Anaplastology model
Orthognathic planning
Helping realize Belgium's first face transplant

A remarkable team of plastic surgeons, led by Prof. Blondeel at the University Hospital of Ghent, have successfully executed Belgium’s first full face transplant. Although it was the world’s nineteenth face transplant, this was the first time that the complex procedure was fully planned using digital planning and 3D printing. During the 20 hour long procedure the patient, who suffered from a large facial defect, received bone, muscles, veins, nerves, and of course skin from a donor who had just died.

CMF Planning SW plays a key role in mandible reconstruction

A patient of Dr. Buchbinder and Dr. Urken was diagnosed with a tumor of the lower jaw, which had grown so large that the patient suffered from severe facial asymmetry. An ameloblastoma is locally invasive and has a very high recurrence rate if not removed adequately. This means that a resection of the tumor has to be approached very carefully. In this case, the tumor’s size dictated the removal of a considerable portion of the lower jaw, which needed to be reconstructed. Both surgeons wanted the best possible preparation for this complex surgery, so they decided to plan it virtually in SurgiCase CMF software, Materialise’ revolutionary solution for the virtual planning of cranio-maxillofacial surgeries.

Anaplastology model presented by Jan De Cubber, CCE Zaventem, Belgium

For the patient in this case, recurring bouts of cancer led doctors to remove an area of his face that included his right eye, cheek bone, and upper jaw. This left the patient with a severe deformity that had serious consequences for his quality of life. Fortunately, he was able to count on the team treating him, which included the talented Belgian anaplastologist Jan De Cubber, to come up with a solution that would change his life. In turn, the team was able to count on clinical engineers at Materialise and their state-of-the-art solutions to help realize their plan and achieve truly stunning results.

Orthognathic planning with Synthes ProPlan CMF

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Welcome to CMF

Imagine you can do all of the following:
* Try out different surgical approaches
* Improve surgical outcome
* Limit intra-operative decision making
* Have the perfect implant ready
… and all of this before setting foot in the operating room.


Materialise World Conference 2012

First of all, thank you to all of those who attended the Materialise World Conference, which took place from the 18th to the 20th of April 2012, in Leuven, Belgium. We hope that you all enjoyed your time at the conference and found ideas and inspiration for future projects using Additive Manufacturing.

OBL Patient specific implants

Active in the field of osteosynthesis and biomaterials, OBL is a leader in the design of titanium implants for cranio-maxillofacial surgery and face distraction systems and part of the Materialise group since 2007. 

Synthes ProPlan CMF Services

Synthes' Customized Surgical Solutions combines an interactive planning session using ProPlan CMF Software with the output of patient-specific surgical guides to create a comprehensive preoperative planning service with tactile transfer to the operating room. The interactive virtual planning process allows the surgeon to make critical clinical decisions preoperatively.