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.
The Synthes ProPlan CMF software is a comprehensive 3D software package for accurate and predictable planning of cranio-maxillofacial surgeries. It is flexible and user-friendly and allows you to import CT and MRI images, prepare 3D visualizations and plan osteotomies. The software also offers flexible step-by-step planning tools for distraction, orthognathics and mandible reconstruction cases. The soft tissue simulation and photo mapping tools make it possible to simulate the end result and compare it with the pre-op situation.
You can also take advantage of the DePuy Synthes ProPlan CMF Services. This is a service model which provides access to our pre-operative planning software, on a case-by-case basis. After an interactive web-based session with a skilled clinical engineer, a surgical plan will be created for you, along with the needed surgical guides and anatomical models. The end result: a patient-specific pre-operative plan that can be easily transferred to the operating room, in a tactile and precise way.
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.