Publications by authors named "Nabeel Hameed Ali"

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Cold-Injection Molded Gentamicin-Impregnated Polymethyl Methacrylate Implants for Cranioplasty.

Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown) 2021 Sep;21(4):248-257

Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Salmaniya Medical Complex, Ministry of Health, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain.

Background: Cranioplasty can be carried out using either fresh, frozen autologous bone or synthetic substitutes. Ordering artificial 3 dimensional (3D) implants is challenging and time consuming depending on geographical location. In this article, we share our experience using a streamlined process of producing 3D computer-assisted design (CAD) implants using commercially available 3D printers and silicone molds that can be easily replicated with consistent results and are associated with good outcomes.

Objective: To develop patient-specific implants for patients with cranial defects that are accurate, consistent, low cost, and easy to replicate while reducing operator-dependent factors.

Methods: We present data from 15 patients who underwent cranioplasty with 3D CAD-designed gentamicin-impregnated bone cement implants that were molded using the cold injection technique.

Results: The technique was consistent in result production, required little postdemolding manipulation, and showed no dimensional variation in design. Postoperative computed tomography scans showed excellent implant fit, and patients had a low complication rate.

Conclusion: We have demonstrated a technique of mold preparation that is efficient and that produces a reliable result. Polymethyl methacrylate implants molded using this technique showed better reproducibility, higher accuracy, and precision than other types of implants and required minimal postdemolding clean-up.
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