A British man who suffered horrific facial injuries in a motorbike accident has had pioneering surgery to rebuild his face using 3D printed parts. Stephen Power from Cardiff, Wales is thought to be one of the first trauma patients in the world to have a procedure in which 3D printing was used at every stage.
The 29-year-old suffered multiple trauma injuries in an accident in 2012. Despite wearing a crash helmet, his top jaw, nose and both cheek bones were broken and he fractured his skull.
Surgeons said that by using 3D printing techniques, much of the guesswork was removed from the reconstruction of the face. The result is a face that is remarkably similar to Mr Power’s before the accident. The team at Morriston Hospital in Wales’ second city, Swansea, used CT scans to create and print a symmetrical 3D model of his skull, followed by cutting guides and plates printed to match. … (Read more)