Jochen Weitz

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PURPOSE Surgical debridement is the therapy of choice in advanced stages of bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaws (BRONJ). However, the therapy is currently only loosely standardized because no suitable imaging modalities exist. This study aims to redress this by exploring the suitability and reproducibility of applying a fluorescence-guided bone(More)
OBJECTIVES Traditional surgical teaching is influenced by restrictive factors, such as financial pressures and ethical constraints. The teaching of surgical skills during a medical school education seems not to be robust enough at present, possibly resulting in stressful circumstance for surgical novices. However, the authors are convinced that practical(More)
Antibiotic prophylaxis is commonly used to decrease the rate of infections in head and neck surgery. The aim of this paper is to present the available evidence regarding the application of antibiotic prophylaxis in surgical procedures of the head and neck region in healthy patients. A systemic literature review based on Medline and Embase databases was(More)
Mandibular reconstruction with a fibular free flap has become standard in specialised centres for head and neck reconstruction, particularly for defects with more than one osteotomy that are challenging even for experienced surgeons. Virtual surgical planning is a potential tool to facilitate harvesting of the fibula and the osteostomy. The purpose of this(More)
PURPOSE To date, the therapy of bisphosphonate-associated osteonecrosis of the jaws (BONJ) has been hampered by the lack of imaging modalities that enable the extent of necrosis to be visualized. This study aims to demonstrate the feasibility of tetracycline fluorescence guided bone resection in the surgical management of BONJ. PATIENTS AND METHODS(More)
Bisphosphonate related osteonecrosis of the jaw (BRONJ) is rare but potentially severe, and the etiopathology and risk factors are poorly defined. To date, it has not been possible to induce BRONJ in a large animal model, a shortfall this study aims to redress. Ten two-year-old adult Göttingen minipigs were split into two groups. Five pigs (group 1) were(More)
Despite the refinement of microsurgical techniques, microsurgical free flap transfer in patients with a history of previous radiotherapy, neck dissection or free flaps remains a challenge in oncologic reconstructive surgery. Previous studies on the prognostic factors for postoperative complications have been largely retrospective and shown conflicting(More)
Topical thrombins are locally active hemostatic agents that can be used to minimize blood loss during any surgery. The aim of this study was to design and investigate a thrombin-containing biodegradable hemostyptic device with an optimized drug release profile to promote local blood clot formation. It is effective with ongoing systemic antithrombotic(More)
The aim of this study is to evaluate the accuracy of a surgical template-aided implant placement produced by rapid prototyping using a DICOM dataset from cone beam computer tomography (CBCT). On the basis of CBCT scans (Sirona® Galileos), a total of ten models were produced using a rapid-prototyping three-dimensional printer. On the same patients,(More)