Derek is an Otago qualified Maxillofacial Surgeon who completed general maxillofacial training in NZ and subspecialty head and neck training in UK.
Derek has taught the management of facial trauma and virtual surgical planning throughout the world. Hawkes Bay was an early unit in NZ to use VSP in reconstruction and orthognathic surgery and has gone on to be a Johnson and Johnson Center of Excellence.
Virtual Surgical Planning (VSP) in Maxillofacial Surgery offer many advantages over more traditional planning techniques and coupled with the ability now to translate that planning into printable surgical guides and laser melded hardware offers a degree of surgical precision previously unobtainable while reducing operating times and radiation exposure. As the cost of this technology decreases, VSP in surgery is likely to become commonplace.
Through several cases, the work flow and outcomes of several cases will be presented while reflecting on planning surgical cases past present and future.