A novel implant enhances skull surgery outcomes
During brain surgery, the surgeon removes a piece of the skull to access the brain. The initial damage to the skull is then repaired by a procedure called cranioplasty, but the reconstruction may be complicated by infection and dehiscence (parting of the sutured lips of a wound). Cranioplasty is also used to reconstruct contour abnormalities of the skull. Recently, Professor Mommaerts developed a new, patient-specific device, called a CeTi cranial implant, for use in cases of trauma and reconstruction. It has been tested at the ETZ hospital in Tilburg and at the Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel. The implant, a combination of 3D-printed titanium and calcium phosphate paste (CeTi), was used to successfully treat eight patients between 2017 and 2019, without any report of serious complications.