[Should osteosynthesis plates in the area of the facial skull be removed again? Results of experimental and clinical studies].


We discuss the arguments dealing with removal of fixation devices and plates after osteosynthesis of facial bone fractures. As an experimental model for examining the soft tissue reaction to implants under standard conditions, an inguinal flap was prepared in 24 Wistar rats. Titanium mesh implants (10 x 8 x 0.3 mm) were then inserted into the flaps. Twelve… (More)