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Virtual Surgical Planning and 3D Printing in Head and Neck Tumor Resection and Reconstruction

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Computer-assisted surgery (CAS) and 3D printing have revolutionized head and neck tumor resection and reconstruction. The cutting edge technology has led to a paradigm shift in head and neck reconstruction, resulting in a new era of “digitalization and precision surgery”. With the use of virtual surgical planning and 3D printing of patient-specific surgical guides and implants, CAS has shown its overwhelming advantages over conventional free hand surgery in head and neck tumor resection and reconstruction. CAS helps to improve surgical efficiency, accuracy, facilitate young surgeon training, and enhance the predictability and streamlining of surgery.

This Research Topic aims to bring head and neck surgeons, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, ENT surgeons, plastic surgeons, and researchers working on virtual surgical planning and medical 3D printing together to push forward the clinical, translational and basic research of this promising new technology.

Submissions are welcome for the following article types: original study, systematic reviews, case series, review, and opinion. We welcome manuscripts that include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

• 1. Basic principle and fundamental workflow of computer assisted surgery, virtual surgical planning and medical 3D printing
• 2. Clinical application of computer assisted surgery, virtual surgical planning and medical 3D printing, especially in head and neck tumor resection and reconstruction
• 3. The use of virtual reality and augmented reality in head and neck oncological and reconstructive surgery
• 4. Limitation and perspective of the new technology


Keywords: head and neck, Virtual surgical planning, 3D printing, tumor, reconstruction


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Computer-assisted surgery (CAS) and 3D printing have revolutionized head and neck tumor resection and reconstruction. The cutting edge technology has led to a paradigm shift in head and neck reconstruction, resulting in a new era of “digitalization and precision surgery”. With the use of virtual surgical planning and 3D printing of patient-specific surgical guides and implants, CAS has shown its overwhelming advantages over conventional free hand surgery in head and neck tumor resection and reconstruction. CAS helps to improve surgical efficiency, accuracy, facilitate young surgeon training, and enhance the predictability and streamlining of surgery.

This Research Topic aims to bring head and neck surgeons, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, ENT surgeons, plastic surgeons, and researchers working on virtual surgical planning and medical 3D printing together to push forward the clinical, translational and basic research of this promising new technology.

Submissions are welcome for the following article types: original study, systematic reviews, case series, review, and opinion. We welcome manuscripts that include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

• 1. Basic principle and fundamental workflow of computer assisted surgery, virtual surgical planning and medical 3D printing
• 2. Clinical application of computer assisted surgery, virtual surgical planning and medical 3D printing, especially in head and neck tumor resection and reconstruction
• 3. The use of virtual reality and augmented reality in head and neck oncological and reconstructive surgery
• 4. Limitation and perspective of the new technology


Keywords: head and neck, Virtual surgical planning, 3D printing, tumor, reconstruction


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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02 June 2021 Manuscript

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