3D printed pelvis helps man with rare bone cancer keep walking

A surgeon has helped a man to walk again by 3D-printing him a new pelvis, it has been reported.

The unnamed patient had half of his original pelvis removed to stop the spread of chondrosarcoma, a rare type of cancer. But he is now able to walk using a stick, the Telegraph has reported.

Craig Gerrand, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust, used a 3D printer to create the new bone.

Like traditional printers, 3D printers follow computer data to print objects out layer by layer. “Since this cancer does not respond to drugs or radiotherapy, the only option was to remove half of the pelvis,” said Mr Gerrand. … (Read more)

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