[Experience with a rigid fixation device in maxillofacial surgery using shape-memory clips].


BACKGROUND A device of alloy with shape-memorising effect (SME) was utilized in the surgical correction of maxillo-facial fractures. Nitinol, an alloy of equal atomic parts nickel and titanium, is a metal with the unusual property of shape memory. This alloy may be easily bent when cooled in its lower temperature phase and it resumes its original shape when… (More)


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