Axial pattern composite prefabrication of high-density porous polyethylene: Experimental and clinical research

Ozdemir R., Kocer U., Tiftikcioglu Y., Karaaslan O., Kankaya Y., Cuzdan S., ...More

PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY, vol.115, no.1, pp.183-196, 2005 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Currently, various alloplastic materials are being used for reconstruction of three-dimensional structures, and high-density porous polyethylene is so far the best and the most commonly used material. Various indications for high-density porous polyethylene have been defined for closure of craniofacial defects, correction of congenital anomalies, and aesthetic augmentations. A common property of various studies published so far is that after being fixed to the bone or underlying structures, high-density porous polyethylene has been covered primarily or by skin flaps. For reconstruction of complex three-dimensional structures such as the ear and nose, the success of current methods is limited by the thinness and pliability of the skin flap. In this study, the authors' aim was to investigate the graftability of high-density porous polyethylene after prefabrication with an axial pedicle and to explore possible clinical applications in light of the new data obtained. In the experimental study, three-dimensional implants (rectangular prism) carved from high-density porous polyethylene were prefabricated using bilateral superficial epigastric arteries and veins of 25 New Zealand rabbits. After a waiting period of 2 to 6 weeks in five groups, control samples were obtained and the prefabricated implants that had been left in place were directly grafted. The results showed that high-density porous polyethylene was vascularized 75 percent after 4 weeks and 90 percent after 5 weeks, and 95 percent of the grafts had survived after 8 weeks. In the clinical study, three nose defects, three ear defects, and one hard palate defect in seven patients ranging in age from 21 to 72 years were reconstructed using the same method. High-density porous polyethylene has been prefabricated and directly grafted for the very first time on a clinical basis. No serious complications have been observed, except for minimal graft loss in two patients. It is obvious that full-thickness skin grafts that are thinner than flaps will adapt better to the fine details of high-density porous polyethylene and will highly increase the detail obtained in the reconstruction of three-dimensional defects.