From digital to real: 3D printed model as new tool for modern general surgeons

From digital to real

by Professor Luigi Marano, University of Siena

Over the last years, the increase of intraoperative safety for patients and surgeons as well as the concept of “precision surgery” have been advocated as main topics of surgical research, particularly as regards the minimally invasive approaches. The proper patient-specific preoperative planning is mandatory to achieve a meticulous knowledge of the target anatomy, thus helping surgeons to imagine in their minds critical steps and potential complications of surgery. In addition, the more the anatomy is complex due to native anatomic anomalies, disease-related distortions or prior surgical interventions, the harder is the surgical strategy to apply especially in minimally invasive settings.

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Researchers are 3D printing replica human vertebrae to help in surgery room (Video)

replica human vertebrae

Researchers are 3D printing replica human vertebrae to help in surgery room

A project led by Nottingham Trent University aims to give trainee surgeons the “tacit knowledge” of how it feels to partly remove or drill into vertebrae before undertaking procedures on patients.

The models – which are created using powder printing technology to help achieve a lifelike porosity of real bone – feature hard outer layers and a softer centre.

“Consultants undertaking delicate and precise procedures like spinal surgery need as much knowledge and experience as possible as part of their surgical training before going into live operations,” said Professor Philip Breedon, of the university’s Design for Health and Wellbeing Group.

“One error can lead to catastrophic, life-changing consequences for a patient, so it’s imperative that surgeons can prepare themselves thoroughly. Continue reading “Researchers are 3D printing replica human vertebrae to help in surgery room (Video)”

Is Herston Biofabrication Institute creating the hospital of the future?

Herston Biofabrication Institute

Is Herston Biofabrication Institute creating the hospital of the future? Advances in biofabrication research led by the Herston Biofabrication Institute will transform the way we provide health care by producing innovative personalized and automated treatments.

The Herston Biofabrication Institute is a partnership between Metro North Hospital and Health Service, and QUT.

Launching in 2017, the Herston Biofabrication Institute will advance knowledge and technology in 3D scanning, modelling and printing of bone, cartilage and other human tissue to repair tissue that is lost or damaged. Continue reading “Is Herston Biofabrication Institute creating the hospital of the future?”

World’s first 3D printed eye prosthesis completed by Belgian ophthalmologists

eye prosthesis

First 3D printed eye prosthesis completed by Belgian ophthalmologists. While new medical 3D printing applications seem to be developed every week, there are still so many fields in healthcare that could benefit from custom 3D printed solutions. Fortunately, Belgian specialists from the Academic Hospital of the University of Leuven have just brought 3D printing to ophthalmology as well. They have developed the world’s first 3D printed eye prosthesis, for a 68-year-old male patient. What’s more, the prosthesis only cost €1,300 (approximately $1,430) to make, and is largely covered by the patient’s insurance. Continue reading “World’s first 3D printed eye prosthesis completed by Belgian ophthalmologists”

3D-Printed Model of Cerebral Blood Vessels Helps Surgeons Plan Life-Saving Operation

A 3D-printed model of the blood vessels inside a woman’s brain has helped surgeons practise life-saving surgery.

The surgeons needed to operate to correct a weakness, or aneurysm, in a blood vessel inside the patient’s head.

Scans of the aneurysm revealed that the usual approach surgeons would take to fix it would not have worked. Continue reading “3D-Printed Model of Cerebral Blood Vessels Helps Surgeons Plan Life-Saving Operation”

Saskatoon neurosurgeon 3D prints replica of patient’s brain

A Saskatoon neurosurgeon has managed to print a 3D replica of a patient’s brain.

Dr. Ivar Mendez, head of surgery at the University of Saskatchewan, worked with a team of engineers to produce the model. It’s an exact replica of a specific patient’s brain, and he says it will let him practice surgeries.

‘I feel that in the next 20, maybe 25 years, we will be able to print biological materials. We may be able to print organs.’ – Dr. Ivar Mendez Continue reading “Saskatoon neurosurgeon 3D prints replica of patient’s brain”