Rib Graft Warping
Is there any substantial difference in warping between autologous and cadaverous rib? Some doctors prefer one over the other while others will use both. Also, out of curiosity, what physiological mechanisms cause warping?
Any info is appreciated.
Your cartilage, which is known as autologous, is thought to be the preferred choice for rhino revision. Although it can be reabsorbed by the body as time passes, reabsorption is less likely vs. cartilage that is not your own. I have heard of a few instances where autologous rib was radiated and know of more cases where it was not.
Do you feel that the benefits of using autologous rib outweigh the risks?
I would say yes, for the most part however, success is dependent on several factors. These include the technique of the surgeon, the surgeon's aesthetic ability, what cartilage is being used, and the "materials"/"landscape" that the doc has to deal with.
I would not feel comfortable using a cadaverous rib graft and don't hear of them being used.
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