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Skull Base. 2002 May; 12(2): 103–106.
PMCID: PMC1656926

A Precision Method for Contouring Bioresorbable Implants in Craniomaxillofacial Surgery


Bioresorbable implants (meshs and plates) are increasingly used in reconstructive craniofacial and skull base surgery. Usually these implants must be contoured to fit the complex craniofacial anatomy ex vivo; occasionally final contouring is performed in vivo and must be done without damaging surrounding structures (e.g., dura, brain). We report a precision method for in vivo contouring of bioresorbable implants using the Shaw hemostatic thermal scalpel.

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