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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French Hospital 3D Prints Multi-Materialized Kidney Models for Cancer Surgery

One of the most innovative ways that 3D printing technology has been used in the medical field thus far is surgery preparation, which has become much easier to plan thanks to personalized 3D models of certain inner workings of the human body. Utilizing a Stratasys Objet500 Connex3, the Department of Urology and Kidney Transplantation at the University Hospital (CHU) de Bordeaux, which is located in France, was able to print out multi-materialized and specifically colored kidney models. According to CHU, they are the first hospital in France to utilize Stratasys’ 3D printing technology to plan for intricate tumor removals within the kidney. Continue reading “French Hospital 3D Prints Multi-Materialized Kidney Models for Cancer Surgery”