Porous polyethylene implant for cranioplasty and skull base reconstruction

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College School of Medicine
Department Neurosurgery
Creator Couldwell, William T.
Other Author Liu, James K.; Gottfried, Oren N.; Cole, Chad D.; Dougherty, William R.
Title Porous polyethylene implant for cranioplasty and skull base reconstruction
Date 2004
Description Object. Cranial reconstruction after skull base surgery is important for restoration of function and cosmesis. The authors describe their experience with the Medpor porous polyethylene implant for cosmetic cranioplasty and reconstruction after skull base surgery. Methods. Medpor, a biocompatible implant, is flexible and can be contoured to facilitate surgical reconstruction of small to medium (< 8 cm) convexity or cranial base defects resulting from a variety of skull base approaches. This method provides similar cosmetic results to standard alloplast cranioplasty while decreasing operating time. The porous nature of the material allows ingrowth of soft tissue and bone to increase implant strength and decrease the risk of infection. This material can also be used safely in reconstruction of the cranium and skull base adjacent to the paranasal sinuses. Conclusions. The authors have used the Medpor porous polyethylene implant in 611 standard cranial and skull base procedures and have achieved excellent cosmetic results and no implant-related complications.
Type Text
Publisher American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
Journal Title Neurosurgical Focus
Volume 16
Issue 3
First Page 1
Last Page 5
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Liu, J. K., Gottfried, O. N., Cole, C. D., Dougherty, W. R., & Couldwell, W. T. (2004). Porous polyethylene implant for cranioplasty and skull base reconstruction. Neurosurgical Focus, 16(3), 1-5.
Rights Management (c) American Association of Neurological Surgeons
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Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2012-06-13
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