Rare Artificial Skull Implant surgery Successfully performed in a Youth at VPS Lakeshore

Rare Artificial Skull Implant surgery Successfully performed in a Youth at VPS Lakeshore
29
Jul

A rare artificial skull implant surgery was performed successfully on a youth at VPS Lakeshore hospital in Kochi. 24 years old Deepak Mohan met with a devastating road accident 5 years ago where he sustained severe head injury and multiple fractures for which he had undergone a major brain surgery with evacuation of a large clot and repair of his brain followed by repair of his fractures.

“It was a great challenge to correct the skull defect, which involved his face and eyes. We decided on a special type of skull bone implant called Polyether Ether Ketone. With the help of special computer software, the defects were analyzed and the details were sent to the Specialized (Codman) laboratory in Switzerland for fabrication of the implant. Once the implant arrived, the patient was operated on for inserting it in place. The implant has provided the required geometry and accuracy to get apt skull and facial reconstruction,” Dr. Arun Oommen said.

PEEK was first used in 2011 and since then it is being used by Neurosurgeons in different parts of the world and has been producing satisfactory results. But it is not being used much in India due to the expense and the difficulty in getting the custom made artificial skull as it has to be imported. But in future it may become an accepted surgery, said Dr. Arun Oommen.