Are resorbable plates in adult CMF surgery a thing of the past?


Several years ago there was a lot of excitement about using resorbable plates for fixation of fractures and osteotomies in the craniomaxillofacial region in adults.
Has this faded away and everyone returned to titanium in adult treatment.

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Good question. I know colleagues who regularly use resorbable plate systems for orthognathic surgery (P(L/DL)LA-TMC) – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22503082. One problem is certainly the higher price compared to the lower stability. In addition, there are repeated cases of tissue reactions to the degradation of the plates. Interesting are “new” materials, such as magnesium … At the moment we use almost exclusively resorbable plates for craniofacial procedures in children. Hardly in traumatology, more often in children of course … What are your experiences?

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