An interactive surgical simulation tool to assess the consequences of a partial glossectomy on a biomechanical model of the tongue

K.D.R. Kappert* (Corresponding Author), M.J.A. van Alphen, S. van Dijk, L.E. Smeele, A.J.M. Balm, F. van der Heijden

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    Abstract

    Oral cancer surgery has a negative influence on the quality of life (QOL). As a result of the complex physiology involved in oral functions, estimation of surgical effects on functionality remains difficult. We present a user-friendly biomechanical simulation of tongue surgery, including closure with suturing and scar formation, followed by an automated adaptation of a finite element (FE) model to the shape of the tongue. Different configurations of our FE model were evaluated and compared to a well-established FE model. We showed that the post-operative impairment as predicted by our model was qualitatively comparable to a patient case for five different tongue maneuvers.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)827-839
    Number of pages13
    JournalComputer methods in biomechanics and biomedical engineering
    Volume22
    Issue number8
    Early online date9 Apr 2019
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2019

    Keywords

    • UT-Hybrid-D
    • finite element analysis
    • finite element method
    • functional impairment
    • Partial glossectomy
    • post-operative motion impairment
    • virtual surgery
    • virtual therapy
    • biomechanical model

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