Why is important to place a cranioplasty after a craniectomy
After a craniectomy a physiological process induced by atmospheric pressure over the brain causes dizziness, constant headaches, nausea, irritability, etc. The prosthesis helps relieving these symptoms, restores aesthetics and protects vulnerable brain tissues.
Benefits of PMMA Cranioplasty over other materials cranioplasties
Compared to other materials:
Titanium: is extremely expensive, this material doesn´t allow observing brain tissues on radiographies or computed tomographies, a strong impact may deform permanently the prosthesis.
Craneoplast: the prostheses made out of this material are manufactured directly over the brain and generates high temperatures on exposed tissues during the process of polymerization, it releases free radicals into tissues for an approximate of 5 years, it hardly achieves the same contour of the rest of the skull, the final surface its full of irregularities which are notable over the scalp.
PMMA over stereolithography: this technique consists on a computerized designed prosthesis and millimetrical fit to the edges of the skull that provides an aesthetic contour and smooth surface. Avoids free radicals releasing and thermal reaction on the patient´s brain, preventing any possible damages at short and long term. It significantly reduces the time in the operating room.
What is a medical stereolithography
It is a three-dimensional model of a body structure made out from the patient´s computed tomography. It provides multiple benefits for those surgeons who would like to analyze and measure the patient´s internal anatomy before surgery.
Medical stereolithography benefits
This medical breakthrough allows surgeons and other professionals to observe, manipulate and measure all desired structures, access to proper planning and more precise surgeries. At the time of surgery the surgeon will know exactly the area to intervene and surrounding structures.