Matrix preformed orbital plates

The complex geometry of the bony orbit makes precise anatomical reconstruction somewhat challenging, particularly in cases of two wall fractures and when the deep orbital cone is affected. The new Matrix Orbital Set was developed, to address the need to have all necessary implants and instruments available for all types of fractures in this area,

Based on the on the Matrix Midface System, it is a dedicated set with implants and instruments specifically designed intended for orbital reconstruction. It includes a variety of existing implants such as the Orbital Floor Mesh Plates in two versions (0.3mm and 0.4mm in thickness) as well as the curved 12 holes orbital plate, and the straight adaption plate with 20 holes. All implants match the sizes and hence the color coding of the Matrix Midface system being available in 0.5mm (blue), 0.7 mm (pink) versions.

Furthermore, as orbital floor fractures are quite frequently associated with medial wall fractures; anatomic restoration especially in the transition zone between both wall is a demanding procedure. As described by B. Hammer, the orbital floor has an initial shallow convex section behind the rim, then inclines upward behind the globe, and inclines upward to meet the medial wall, creating a distinct bulge behind the globe. These convex curves of the medial wall and floor create a postbulbar constriction of the orbital cavity, which must be reconstructed when the orbit is rebuilt following fractures. Treatment is directed at precise anatomical reconstruction of orbital shape and volume in order to restore the correct position of the eye. To provide surgeons with an adequate implant that addresses the requirements of two wall acute orbital fractures or for secondary reconstruction of enophthalmos and dystopia, a new series of preformed orbital plates was developed for the new orbital matrix system.

These pre-formed orbital plates were developed based on the evaluation of more than 3000 CT scans of patient data and then reduced to 279 in order to find anatomical averages. In the end it was possible to reduce the number of plates down to two per side and still match the vast majority of all patients including males and females.

Unlike the existing two-dimensional mesh implants, the geometry of the new preformed plates will be adequate to match the individual anatomic situation of the patient in almost any case. However, the mesh parts can be individually adjusted if necessary. In these cases the solid part in the central posterior area needs to remain untouched. Areas of the orbit that do not require a bridging can be spared out by trimming the implant along the designated cutting lines in the height of the medial wall and/or length of the orbital floor area. The lateral anterior part of the plate is intentionally pre-bent higher than the orbital rim anatomy to allow free plate movement during plate positioning.

The Preformed Orbital Plates are indicated for trauma repair and reconstruction of fractures of the orbital floor, medial orbital wall or combined fractures of floor and medial wall. It should be noted that in three-wall fractures where the lateral wall is also involved, a second orbital implant, ( i. e. the mesh plate) must be used in addition to the pre-formed orbital plate.

Implant placement according to the orbital landmarks

1 Orbital rim, 2 Inferior orbital fissure, 3 Posterior orbital ledge, 4 Transition between the medial wall and orbital floor, 5 Optic canal, 6 Lacrimal fossa


[1] (Hammer, B. and Prein, J (1995) Correction of post-traumatic orbital deformities: operative techniques and review of 26 patients. J Craniomaxillofac Surg. 1995 Apr; 23(2): 81-90)

[2] (More information can be obtained from: M. C. Metzger, R. Schn,R. Tetzlaf, N. Weyer, A. Rafii, N.-C. Gellrich, R. Schmelzeisen:Topographical CT-data analysis of the human orbital floor: Int. J. Oral Maxillofac. Surg. 2007; 36: 4553)


Matrix Orbital System

Clinical case

30 year old male patient with fracture of left orbital floor and medial wall.

Provided by Dr Dr Marc C Metzger, Freiburg, Germany.

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