- Dr. Panayiotis Kyzas
- Department OMFS, Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, Lancashire, UK.
Special Issue Introduction
Patient-specific planning (PSP) and 3D printing technology has revolutionised modern surgery. The applications of this technique span a large spectrum of specialties from neurosurgery to orthopaedics and to cardiac surgery. In bony head and neck (H&N) reconstruction, the advantages of PSP/3D printing are profound with a positive impact on patients’ outcomes, health economics, education and training. As this technique evolves and develops, a number of myths and dogmata of past practice in H&N surgery are refuted. The future of PSP/3D printing in H&N surgery is inevitably the application of it in soft tissue H&N reconstruction. Surgeons and researchers should join forces in sharing knowledge and experience towards improving this technique and against misleading use of the press and media. Like every new technology/innovation, PSP/3D printing is in our hands to use it properly and develop it in the best possible ways for patients’ benefits. This special issue is focused on virtual surgical planning and 3D printing in H&N reconstruction, aiming to pave the way for further exiting developments in the field.
Patient-specific planning, virtual surgical planning, 3D printer technology, head and neck reconstruction
Submission Deadline15 Oct 2021