Paper 3D Printing Technology Helps Reducing Surgical Time

Time is critical when a patient is undergoing surgery. The longer the patient’s internal tissue is exposed, the greater the risk. The sooner a patient can be closed up and begin recovery, the greater the chances for a healthy recovery. Maxillofacial surgeons at the Cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc, Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Belgium, often need to reconstruct bones in a patient’s skull. Recent examples include patients with a jaw ravaged by cancer or an eye socket crushed in a car accident.

The surgeons use paper 3D printing technology from Mcor Technologies to recoup hours from traditional surgical procedures. Working from the digitally scanned contours of patients’ bones, doctors push a button to create full-size 3D physical models they can use as surgical guides.

Since the model is a facsimile of the patient’s actual physiology, surgeons can use it to precisely shape metal inserts that fit along a patient’s residual bone. The insert might be a plate that supports a damaged mandible or a titanium mesh for reconstructing a damaged eye socket. Without 3D physical models to work from, surgeons would be forced to rely on time-consuming trial and error to shape the metal implants and risk potential tissue damage.Read more


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