It has been reported this month that surgeons have used 3D printing technology to rebuild a patients face using groundbreaking facial reconstruction surgery and medical-grade titanium implants.
Stephen Power age 29 of Cardiff, Wales, UK was involved in a motorcycle accident in 2012 and even after wearing a helmet suffered serious injuries to the face.
Surgeons at Morriston Hospital in Swansea, Wales used CT scans to recreate Power’s face and then 3D printed a symmetrical 3D model of his cranium. Once the 3D print had been created the surgeons then cut that mould down using cutting guides and printed plates to restructure Stephen’s face as in the images above. Stephen Power explains :
“It’s totally life changing,”-“I could see the difference straight away the day I woke up from the surgery…I’ll be able to do day-to-day things, go and see people, walk in the street, even go to any public areas.”
Maxillofacial surgeon Adrian Sugar explained in a statement that the results were unlike anything he’s encountered before :
“Without this advanced technology, it’s freehand. You have to guess where everything goes,”-“The technology allows us to be far more precise and get a better result for the patient.”
For more information on the new groundbreaking facial reconstruction surgery jump over to the RT website for details.