Notably, 3-D-virtual and--printed (via CAD/CAM: Computer-Aided Design and--Manufacturing technologies) surgical splints that can be processed and used during the actual surgery is a reality.
Surgical splints, manufactured using the computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology, was developed to circumvent errors in the traditional model process that can lead to sub-optimal outcomes.
After the virtual planning was decided and the relative simulation was performed, the surgical splints
were fabricated by the CAD/CAM technology, and the patient underwent surgery.
It was often not possible to open the mouth due to trismus, surgical splints
or the destructive nature of the injury, and in those cases, a nasal catheter was passed blindly through the nose into the pharynx.
The company will use the VSP(r) System technology initially in products such as VSP(r) Orthognathics - Applying virtual surgical planning and CAD/CAM surgical splints
to the area of orthognathic surgery, and VSP(r) Reconstruction - Applying virtual surgical planning to the reconstruction of the mandible or maxilla using vascularised grafts from other areas of the body.