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Breakthrough Surgery Results in 75 Per Cent Skull Replacement by 3D-printed Implant

by Savitha C Muppala on March 11, 2013 at 5:50 PM
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Breakthrough Surgery Results in 75 Per Cent Skull Replacement by 3D-printed Implant

A breakthrough surgery has helped a man receive 75 per cent replacement of his skull with a custom-made 3D-printed implant.

A 3D scanner took an image of his skull after which a plastic prosthetic was made as per his features.

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Following the consent given by US regulators to Oxford Performance Materials in Connecticut, a surgery was performed to insert the printed bone in the skull.

The company is now in a position to provide the 3D printouts to replace bone damaged by disease or trauma especially after the approval was granted by the US Food and Drug Administration.
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The implant has tiny surface details which are imprinted into the polyetherketoneketone to encourage the growth of cells and bone.

This technology can be put to use and nearly 500 people could be benefitted by this each month. It will be a boon to those who are injured like construction workers and wounded soldiers.



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