Pediatric cranio-facial surgery. First-year's experience with a gun applying bioabsorbable tacks

Spanio, S; Novack, E; Gurunluoglu, R; Shafighi, M; Romansky, R; Ninkovic, M (2004). Pediatric cranio-facial surgery. First-year's experience with a gun applying bioabsorbable tacks. Minerva stomatologica, 53(7-8), pp. 449-55. Torino: Minerva Medica

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AIM: In 2001 a prototype of a gun to apply bioabsorbable tacks in cranio-facial surgery has been developed. METHODS: From May 2001 to May 2002 this device has been used in the University Hospital of Innsbruck (Austria) for different cranioplasty procedures, in 34 children, showing its reliability for cranio-facial bone fixation. The children were affected by isolated craniosynostosis or by syndromical synostosis (Apert, Crouzon) and in a case of benign tumor of the parietal skull vault. The range of age, at the time of surgery, was between 3 months and 204 months of age. Bone segments were fixed using self-reinforced polylactide plates and tacks. RESULTS: Firm fixation was obtained intra-operatively and the operative time was reduced about 25-30 minutes as compared to use of plates and screws. This device has just one limitation in its own spring force: sometimes the bone thinner than 1 mm has been broken applying the tacks. CONCLUSION: After the first-year's experience it is possible to confirm that this device reduces, in selected cases, operative time, blood loss, risk of infection and, as a result, the costs.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Orthopaedic, Plastic and Hand Surgery (DOPH) > Clinic of Plastic and Hand Surgery > Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery

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Shafighi, Maziar






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04 Oct 2013 15:04

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05 Dec 2022 14:19

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