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January 1996

Implant-Retained Prosthetic Rehabilitation of Orbital Defects

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1996;122(1):46-50. doi:10.1001/archotol.1996.01890130040006

Objective:  To evaluate the use of endosseous transcutaneous implants to retain removable facial prostheses for the rehabilitation of orbital defects.

Setting:  Tertiary referral center.

Patients:  Six patients with a history of facial defects secondary to orbital exenteration for cancer ablation.

Outcome Measures:  Clinically noted functional and cosmetic results, patient reports of satisfaction, and complications encountered.

Results:  Twenty-three of 25 implants were integrated (postoperative period, 13 to 65 months; mean, 44.2 months), representing an integration success rate of 92%. All patients were successfully wearing implant-retained prostheses after 48.3 months (postprosthesis delivery period, 1 to 48.3 months; mean, 24.5 months). Overall patient satisfaction was very high.

Conclusions:  Implant-retained prosthetics represent a safe and effective treatment option. It is anticipated that this treatment will become the standard of rehabilitative care for patients with orbital defects.(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1996;122:46-50)