Biomechanical configurations of mandibular transport distraction osteogenesis devices

Uriel Zapata, Mohammed E. Elsalanty, Paul C. Dechow, Lynne A. Opperman

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Mandibular bone transport (MBT) distraction osteogenesis devices are used for achieving reconstruction of mandibular defects in a predictable way, with few complications, less complexity than other alternative surgical procedures, and minimal tissue morbidity. However, selection of appropriate MBT device characteristics is critical for ensuring both their mechanical soundness and their optimal distraction function for each patient's condition. This article assesses six characteristics of currently available MBT devices to characterize their design and function and to classify them in a way that assists the selection of the best device option for each clinical case. In addition, the present work provides a framework for both the biomechanical conception of new devices and the modification of existing ones.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-283
Number of pages11
JournalTissue Engineering - Part B: Reviews
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering


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