Engineering Assisted Surgery™

Computer planning is routine for patients with jaw discrepancies. X rays are analysed to identify the origin of the deformity. Digital photography is used to rehearse the operation on screen, to see the effects of different surgical procedures. The Maxillofacial Surgery speciality has pioneered many innovative techniques especially related to facial analysis and treatment planning using computers. More recently this technology has been developed and recognised internationally by a an NCAFOS Surgeon who has adapted engineering manufacturing techniques to the healthcare industry. Using CT scans and computer technology, plastic anatomical models (biomodels) can be made of any region of the body to assist in diagnosis and treatment planning.

Custom Drill Jig for Accurate Dental Implant Placement

Customized surgical jigs and implants can be specifically made for a named patient. Surgical plans can be accurately transferred to individual patients in 3-D. This results in precision surgery – to a degree not previously possible and reduction in human error. Major surgery is simplified and less traumatic. Long operations have been shortened by as much as 500% with significant savings for the purchasers of healthcare. Engineering Assisted Surgery™ (EAS) lends itself well to the correction and revision of operations that have resulted in a compromised or poor outcome, especially in relation to aesthetics and function, and patients have travelled to the UK from other countries for consultations related to this technology. In the United Kingdom, EAS technology has been referred to the Department of Health and the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) and will be further evaluated within the NCAFOS Group.

EAS – Digital Photography

D igital photographs are taken and “operations” are carried out on a computer laptop screen for the patient. Several options may be shown to illustrate the likely effects of both hard and soft tissue surgery (photomorphanalysis™). Wrinkles and furrows may be digitally removed. Liposuction and liposculpture may be simulated together with face lift and blepharoplasty. The technology is used routinely in jaw surgery cases, nose reshaping (Rhinoplasty) and Facelift (Rhytidectomy).