Surgeons Successfully Implanted 3D Printed Skull For The First Time Ever

3D printing continues to impress and extend advantages to the field of medicine. It has now worked its magic to help replace a human skull. A successful operation was performed on a patient, 22 years of age, who was struck by a rare bone disorder which meant that the bone in the skull was about 3.5 centimeters thicker than usual. This adversely affected the eyesight that would, in turn, cause serious headaches. The doctors in a Dutch hospital believed that the kind of pressure on the human brain could result in the patient’s death. That’s where a 3D-printed variant of the brain came to the rescue.

3D skull
Courtesy: UMC Utrecht

The surgery that was headed by Dr. Bon Verweij at University Medical Centre Utrecht lasted a total of 23 hours. It is important to note that such a significant part of the cranium has never been replaced using the 3D printing technology. Previously, it was occasionally used to transplant a few fragments of human skull. Dr. Verwuij remembers that such implants were made by bare hands with some kind of cement employed in the process but it was not really appropriate. 3D printing has instead allowed the creation of a brain that was the perfect size as desired. Apparently, it also helps the brain recover much better.

3D Printing
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The fact that the patient now has perfect eyesight again and that it does not even seem as if she ever underwent surgery explains how remarkable this experiment has been. It simply goes to show how useful the 3D printing technology has proven to be in the field of medicine. Thanks to the latest technology, surgeons can create a range of prosthetics to help a number of patients in distress. Afterall, the importance of less scarring, less time consumption and the immensely increased efficacy of this fresh process leaves one with no other choice.

Here’s hoping that technology like this continues to play its part in benefiting the human kind.