Face Negative Surgical Guide

Face Negative Surgical Guide


Brian Lipuma


Gary Bledsoe, Ph.D., Chair and Professor of Biomedical Engineering

This project is working toward revolutionizing pediatric surgery using a new guiding method.  Current surgical guides require cutting to the bone and fitting the guide to a “fingerprint” of the target area. This method is difficult, time-consuming, and has a chance to fail if the surgeon cannot match the guide to its fingerprint on the bone forcing them to forgo the guide and approximate their incisions. This surgical guide would fit on top of the face of the patient and mark points using a needle filled with dye. This process has the capacity to be less time-consuming and less difficult while matching the accuracy of current surgical methods.