Among various surgical methods introduced to optimize esthetic results, robotic surgery has gradually expanded in scope. As incision, approach, and operation view in robotic surgery differ from existing surgical methods, we should consider reconstruction from a different perspective. We recently experienced two mandibular reconstruction cases after tumor ablative surgery with robotic neck dissection using the conventional reconstruction method and virtual surgical planning (VSP), respectively. We found that the conventional reconstruction method is inappropriate in modified facelift incision in robotic neck dissection because it provides limited surgical scope, restricts access to the defect area, and therefore, consumes considerable time before anastomosis. For these reasons, the authors consider VSP far more viable in the era of robotic surgery.
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