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3D Printing Technology Can Help Repair Injuries through Surgery

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The 3D printing technology entered the medical scene when an Iowa businessman revealed that it can aid doctors in practicing surgeries before going to the actual one. Doctors at a hospital in United Kingdown have reconstructed the face of a person who survived a motorcycle acccident using the 3D printer. Iowa City Press ? Citizen reported that Iowa city jewelry store owner Mark Ginsberg partnered with physicians in printing organ models or whatever they might need.

Saved by 3D

Stephen Power, 29, got severely injured while returning home with friends nearly two years ago in Wales. Power broke both cheekbones, his upper jaw, eye sockets and fractured his skull. He also broke both arms and banged his right leg up so bad that a bone graft was required. His life was saved through emergency surgery. However, doctors feared damaging the sight in his left eye.

The doctors meant not having to reconstruct Power?s bones around the eye socket, as well as putting the left cheekbone back in place. Maxillofacial surgeon Adrian Sugar said that his eye sunk in and dropped, while his cheekbone went too far out.

More Precise, Better Results

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To restore the symmetry in his appearance, the doctors worked to refracture the facial bones and return them in the right position prior to insertion of medical ? grade titanium implants. All of these, along with plates and guides used in the procedure?s initial stage, were 3D printed. Sugar said that it?s freehand without the 3D printing technology. He added that, without it, they will have to guess where everything goes. The advanced technology, he said, allowed them to be more precise to achieve better results for Power.

Joint Effort Procedure

Cardiff Metropolitan University?s National Centre for Product Design and Development Research and Morriston Hospital worked in a joint effort for this procedure. For Power, it was a life ? changing result and has brought back his confidence. The 3D printing technology also contributed to creating an elastic membrane to predict cardiac disorders, as well as a fabricated lung splint to save an infant?s life. What was done on Power?s severe injuries could be used to save more lives in the future. Thanks to the discovery of the 3D printing technology.

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