Use of a Low Profile Titanium Mesh in Orbital Reconstruction

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 13, 2011
Last Update Posted : September 13, 2011
International Bone Research Association
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University Hospital Inselspital, Berne

Brief Summary:

In craniofacial trauma, the involvement of orbital structures is noted in up to 40% of cases (Ellis 1985). Post-traumatic orbital deformities caused by incorrect reconstruction of orbital dimensions are severe complications causing enophthalmos, diplopia and visual acuity disturbance. To prevent such complications, immediate repair of orbital injuries with the restoration of normal anatomy is indicated in orbital floor fractures. With the help of biodegradable implants small and medium-sized defects are easily managed (Büchel 2005, Lieger 2010). In extensive fractures however, only calvarian bone and titanium mesh considered to provide a sufficient support of the orbital content.

Calvarial bone can be difficult to mould and to adapt to the form and size of the orbital lesion. In addition, donor site morbidity cannot be disregarded. Orbital reconstruction mesh on the other hand is always available and easier to apply. There are however important requirements for these meshes, such as biocompatibility, excellent stability, optimal adaptability and patient comfort. Recently, the company Medartis developed a titanium mesh featuring a low profile. In order to regain normal function, normal anatomy has to be re-established. It therefore seemed reasonable to assess an implant, which would facilitate orbital reconstruction without disturbing normal anatomy by its size, profile height or properties.

The purpose of this study was to assess the use and accuracy of the low profile titanium mesh for primary internal orbital reconstruction.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Orbital Fractures Procedure: Orbital revision surgery

Detailed Description:


Extensive bone loss after orbital trauma requires reconstruction to preserve ocular function and aesthetics. The optimal material for orbital reconstruction remains controversial. Today a multitude of both autogenous and alloplastic materials have been used for orbital reconstruction, including methylmethacrylate, Teflon, silicone, Supramid, Marlex, Silastic, gelatin film, bioactive glas, bone and cartilage (Haug 1999). The use of alloplastic materials has been tempered by complications such as infection, displacement and extrusion, fistula and cyst formation. During the past two decades, autogenous bone grafts have become increasingly popular for orbital reconstruction. Unfortunately, problems with bone grafts can occur and include unpredictable rates of bone resorption and the risk of subsequent dystopia or delayed enophthalmos, donor site complication, time consumption with harvesting and variable graft thickness and irregularities along with difficulty in graft contouring (Park 2001). These problems have revived interest in alloplastic alternatives, particularly in titanium and its alloys (Park 2001). Titanium shows a low infection rate, related in part to its excellent biocompatibility, which manifests as osseointegration. This circumstance is thought to lessen the rate of infection.

During the past decade, different studies have examined a titanium meshes for orbital repair. Plates used in these studies demonstrate a minimum profile height of 0.25mm.


Assess the use and accuracy of the low profile titanium mesh for primary internal orbital reconstruction


Clinical assessment prior to operation by a maxillofacial surgeon with regards to bone and soft tissue lesions as well as concomitant injuries. An ophthalmologist then assessed eye lesions and quantified eye mobility (in mm), bulb positioning (Hertel's exophthalmometry, in mm) as well as the field of binocular vision (Goldmann perimetry, in % of the total).

Preoperative 1mm CT-scans were obtained to analyse size and location of the defect as well as extend of muscle entrapment. The fractures were classified according to the scores introduced by Jaquiery(Jaquiery 2007).

Follow up by at 2, 6 and 12 weeks after the operation (assessments see above), including postoperative CT-scan within 12 weeks. Volume analysis of CT comparing the two orbits (OsiriX Medical Image Software (Version 3.7.1,

Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 27 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Low Profile Titanium Mesh in the Use of Orbital Reconstruction
Study Start Date : December 2008
Actual Study Completion Date : October 2010

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Group/Cohort Intervention/treatment
Adult patients (>18 years) presenting a unilateral orbital blow-out or blow-in fracture of ≥ 2.0cm2, causing an actual or expected functional or aesthetical deficit.
Procedure: Orbital revision surgery
Surgical revisions were performed under general anaesthesia. The orbital floor was routinely exposed via a transconjunctival incision. In patients with involvement of the medial wall, a combined transconjunctival-transcaruncular approach was used. Herniated or incarcerated tissue was then complete repositioned. Stable borders around the bony defect in the orbital floor were exposed. The aluminium template was pre-bend and controlled in situ. Type and size of mesh were chosen and adjustments performed, as needed. Following the bending of the titanium mesh according to the template, it was inserted and fixed with 1.5mm screws. Alternatively the mesh could be preformed, using a sterilized skull model to shape and contour it to a normal orbit. Finally the eye bulb mobility was controlled using fine forceps (forced duction test) and the wound closed (Vicryl 5/0 rapid; optional).

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Radiological Volume analysis of bony orbits (difference in cm3) [ Time Frame: postoperative, within 12 weeks after operation ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Eye motility (in mm) [ Time Frame: at 12 weeks after the operation ]
  2. En/Exophthalmos (Hertel Test) (in mm) [ Time Frame: at 12 weeks after the operation ]
  3. Diplopia (in %) [ Time Frame: at 12 weeks after the operation ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Patient with facial fractures, treated at the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University Hospital Bern, Bern, Switzerland.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • adult patients (>18 years)
  • presenting a unilateral orbital blow-out or blow-in fracture of ≥ 2.0cm2, causing an actual or expected functional or aesthetical deficit
  • has to be operated within two weeks of trauma

Exclusion Criteria

  • individuals who did not have any vision on the affected side
  • individuals, who, according to ophthalmologists, should not have a surgical treatment
  • patients who were unable to adequately understand written or oral information in German or French

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Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Bern University Hospital
Bern, Switzerland, 3010 Bern
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital Inselspital, Berne
International Bone Research Association
Principal Investigator: Olivier Lieger, MD, DMD Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University Hospital Bern, Switzerland
Study Director: Tateyuki Iizuka, MD, DDS, PhD Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University Hospital Bern, Switzerland

Responsible Party: Principal Investigator Olivier Lieger, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University Hospital Bern, Switzerland Identifier: NCT01432964     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 011/09
First Posted: September 13, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 13, 2011
Last Verified: September 2011

Keywords provided by University Hospital Inselspital, Berne:
Orbital Fractures
Fracture Fixation
Blow-out Fractures
Surgical Mesh
Computer-assisted Image Processing

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Orbital Fractures
Maxillofacial Injuries
Facial Injuries
Craniocerebral Trauma
Trauma, Nervous System
Nervous System Diseases
Skull Fractures
Fractures, Bone
Wounds and Injuries