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3D printing Makes Life Changing Surgeries Possible

Paige Anne Carter

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3D medical printing holds a very big potential in the field of medical science. The capacity of 3D medical printing to create customized implants, as well as medical devices, is catered specifically to a patient’s anatomy. To date, 3D printing has already been used to revolutionize many surgical procedures.

One of the most revolutionary way 3D printing was used to replace a cancer patient’s upper jaw. Specialists scanned the patient’s face to create a 3D reconstruction of their face. This was used to create the parts of a functional upper jaw that was never before used in medicine.

Aside from creating an artificial yet life-like upper jaw, 3D medical printing can also be used to create other parts of the body such as a new skull, vertebrae, heel and hip implants. Several medical companies and research institutions have invested on 3D printing to revolutionize surgical procedures. On the other hand, 3d bioprinting can also be used to create a life-like model of a patient’s specific organ system such as the heart so that surgeons can easily plan their approach when it comes to dealing with complicated surgical procedures. For instance, surgeons from Kosair Children’s Hospital have used 3D medical printing to study the model of a baby’s heart in order to get an opportunity to plan before the surgery.

These examples are, no doubt, just the tip of the iceberg on what 3D medical printing can do for the field of medical science. With its many uses, 3D medical printing may have a lot of potential uses to help both doctors and patients.



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