Whenever an intraoperative CT scanner is available, an intraoperative scan should be obtained for intraoperative evaluation of the reduction.
Any zygomatic fracture benefits from intraoperative CT scanning to visualize fracture reduction and to determine the need for orbital wall reconstruction after zygoma reduction.
When using computer assisted surgery, the reduction (and fixation if necessary) is performed according to standard procedures as described in the AO Surgery Reference. It should be considered an adjunct to surgical treatment.
Computer assisted surgery in treating fractures allows intraoperative visualization of the reduction using intraoperative imaging combined with image fusion of preoperative and intraoperative CT scans.
In simple orbital floor fractures radiopaque material for orbital wall reconstruction can easily be visualized by intraoperative imaging allowing intraoperative or postoperative verification of proper reconstruction.
With this technique, insufficient fracture reduction can be can be identified and corrected, eliminating the need for secondary procedures which may be necessary if only postoperative imaging is performed.
Intraoperative imaging requires an additional 10-15 min.