3D Printing Aids in 5 Facial Transplant Surgeries

Did you ever see Face/Off? This is like that, but actually really good and all of the actors in it are quite talented. Doctors at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston are 3D printing life-size models of patients’ skulls in order to prep for face transplant surgery.

In 2011, doctors from Brigham and Women’s performed the first full facial transplant in the United States and have since performed four more on patients who have lost some or all of their face due to injury or disease. As some of the premier facial transplant surgeons in the country, Drs. Frank J. Rybicki, Bohdan Pomahac, and Amir Imanzadeh may have been the ideal team to conduct a study on the use of 3D printing in facial transplant surgery. Using five Senior surgeons and radiologists conducting five different transplants, Rybicki et al. examined the potential benefits of 3D printing before and during such procedures.

Presenting their findings at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), the researchers concluded that 3D printing did significantly enhance face transplant operations, with Dr. Rybicki saying, “This is a complex surgery and its success is dependent on surgical planning. Our study demonstrated that if you use this model and hold the skull in your hand, there is no better way to plan the procedure.” … (Read more)

Source: 3DprintingIndustry.com