Piezoelectric System

Piezoelectric bone resection has been developed in order to overcome the limits in traditional bone-cutting instruments, as it addresses the clinical need for:

  • Precision and safety
  • Better visualization of surgical field
  • More adequate interface between surgeon and bony tissues (brushtype cutting motion)
  • Advantageous bone healing compared to other powered cutting tools

The new piezoelectric bone surgery system is an ultrasonic surgical system consisting of hand pieces and associated tips for cutting bone and bone substitutes. The system can be used for osteotomy, osteoplasty, decortication, drilling, shaping, and smoothing of bones and teeth, in a variety of surgical procedures, including general orthopaedic, otolaryngological, maxillofacial, oral, hand, foot, neurosurgical, spine, and plastic/reconstructive surgery.

It utilizes a selected frequency range between 2836 kHz and is active on mineralized tissue only, such as teeth and bone, in a very precise way, while limiting the risk of soft-tissue lesions. Soft tissues, such as nerves, blood vessels, dura, or the Schneiderian membrane are not altered by the cutting tip because of their ability to oscillate at the same speed and amplitude as the cutting tip. At the same time, narrow kerf and smooth cuts in the presence of irrigation result in less risk of necrosis. One major advantage of this instrument is the different shaped tips to be used, allowing the cutting vector to be either straight, angled, or curved, ie, directed backwards.

The built-in irrigation and cavitation effect provides optimal visibility of the operative site, removes bone debris, and avoids increase in temperature liable to cause tissue degradation.

The piezoelectric system is used with a vibration-free hand piece which only requires minimum pressure, resulting in greater precision and less hand fatigue for the surgeon. It is illuminated with LEDs for enhanced onsite visibility. The system is steered via a touch-sensitive LCD screen on the console. In addition, all functions can also be activated with the foot pedal.

The system comes with a range of burr and saw tips which can be employed on almost all types of bone.


Case 1: A patient after multiple failed chin implants. Here piezosurgery proved to be superior to other oscillating instruments due to the controlled brush-type cutting motion, closeness to vulnerable structures which could be easily preserved, like the mental nerve on both sides, and protection of floor of the mouth vessels after completing the lingual corticotomy.

Case provided by Nils-Claudius Gellrich, Hannover, Germany


Case 2: Complex congenital deformity with distortion of alveolar processes and dentition, resulting in a 3.5 cm nonocclusion in the right maxillomandibular complex. Occlusion is exclusively controlled through the left second premolar to second molar. Piezosurgery was useful in this case due to complex anatomical deformities resulting in atypical positioning of the inferior alveolar canal on the right side. The cramped confines of dental and bony tissues in the deformed anatomy required an adequate type of osteotomy to do a significant yet controlled skeletal movement to overcome the vertical discrepancy intraorally, without changing the outer projection of the mandibular frame.

Case provided by Nils-Claudius Gellrich, Hannover, Germany

Piezosurgery: Piezoelectric System

A presentation delivered by Christian Matula (Austria) and Nils-Claudius Gellrich (Germany) in 2011.

Optimizing Surgical Cranial Access

A presentation given by Christian Matula (Austria) and Stephen Lewis (Australia) in 2017

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