Materialise’s PROPLAN CMF pre-surgical planning software allows doctors to carefully plan the operation. Dr. Wan enlisted the help of Dr. Sun Jian and Dr. Xu Li Qun from Shanghai Ninth People’s Hospital, College of Stomatology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine who where experienced in using Materialise software and in creating 3D printed surgical guides, so they stepped in to collaborate on the procedure.
With help from the software, the doctors were able to create very precise, customized surgical guides printed by Materialise. Once in the operating room, Dr. Wan and his colleagues were able to operate with much more confidence and accuracy, having already gone through the procedure virtually. The 3D surgical guides told them exactly where to cut, and the surgery was, according to Dr. Xu.
According to Dr. Wan “without this technology, virtual planning and surgical guides, it’s a lot like eye-balling”.