Neurosurgeons successfully implant 3D printed skull

3D printed skull implant

Image from UMC Utrecht

I’ve talked about the wonders of 3D printing. The technology is so amazing that it can be applied to several areas of our lives. One especially interesting area is that of medicine.

A 22 year-old woman from the Netherlands has had the top section of her skull replaced with the help of a team of skilled surgeons and a 3D-printed skull. The woman suffered from a rare bone disorder which caused the bone density of her skull to increase, causing her skull to press against her brain.

3D printed skull implant

Image from UMC Utrecht

The operation took place in Utrecht, Netherlands and the neurosurgeons responsible are claiming that this is the first instance that a patient has been successfully implanted with a 3D printed cranium.

Something like this is certainly futuristic and shows the possibilities of 3D printers when put in the right hands. The possibilities for 3D printed implants like this offer doctors, surgeons, and scientists the ability to create a way to personalize treatment for patients. Only time will tell if 3D printing will be a sustainable in this sector, but this type of thing certainly makes it look like it can.

Source: Wired


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