A novel technique for tailoring frontal osteoplastic flaps using the ENT magnetic navigation system.

Research paper by Luca L Volpi, Andrea A Pistochini, Maurizio M Bignami, Francesco F Meloni, Mario M Turri Zanoni, Paolo P Castelnuovo

Indexed on: 14 Apr '12Published on: 14 Apr '12Published in: Acta oto-laryngologica


The ENT magnetic navigation system is potentially useful and offers the most accurate technique for harvesting frontal osteoplastic flaps. It represents a valid tool in the wide range of instruments available to rhinologists.Precise delineation of the boundaries of the frontal sinus is a crucial step when harvesting a frontal osteoplastic flap. We present a novel technique using the ENT magnetic navigation system.Nineteen patients affected by different pathologies involving the frontal sinus underwent an osteoplastic flap procedure using the ENT magnetic navigation system between January 2009 and April 2011.The ENT magnetic navigation system was found to be a safe and accurate tool for delineating the frontal sinus boundaries. No intraoperative complications occurred during the osteoplastic procedures.