As doctors and scientists continue to work on new ways to advance surgical options with 3D printing, a team of medical professionals at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, N.Y., are 3D-printing tracheal segments using living cells.
Twenty-eight-year old Todd Goldstein, investigator at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, and PhD candidate at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, created cartilage rings to repair a damaged or diseased trachea, or the body’s windpipe.
One of the biggest challenges surgeons face in tracheal reconstruction is that the length of the trachea is fixed. When a doctor removes a long and diseased section of a trachea, they need enough trachea length to put the two healthy ends back together.
Dr. Lee Smith, chief of pediatric otolaryngology at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, worked with Goldstein to find a better solution for his patients. … (read more)