3D printers help surgeons hone their skills on replica body parts

On the table sits the trachea of a 12-month-old child. The plastic model, an accurate re-creation of a windpipe and bronchial tree, was created with a 3D printer using scans from a patient at the Royal Children’s Hospital. It will be used to train paediatric surgeons in bronchoscopy, a procedure in which a tiny camera is guided through the bronchial tubes into the lungs. Continue reading “3D printers help surgeons hone their skills on replica body parts”

First ever opposite lung, living donor lung transplant takes place thanks to 3D printing

We all are aware that 3D printing has been helping advance several different types of surgeries. It’s doing this in two ways; first by giving surgeons the option of a variety of new types of 3D printed implants, and second lung-2by allowing surgeons to print replica organs for a better understanding of the procedures that they are about to initiate. Continue reading “First ever opposite lung, living donor lung transplant takes place thanks to 3D printing”

Callout for a 3D Printable Heart Library

3D printing is helping to improve heart surgeries. A 3D printed heart allows surgeons to investigate the damaged heart before going in for surgery. While in the past, the only option would be to go into heart surgery without knowing what might be encountered, with the 3D printed model of the damaged heart, surgeons know exactly what to prepare for before surgery. This makes surgeries safer, and gives the patient’s loved ones comfort. Continue reading “Callout for a 3D Printable Heart Library”