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3D printed vertebrae implanted in ‘world first’ surgery – Wired.co.uk

by • February 25, 2016 • No Comments

Ralph Mobbs

An Australian neurosurgeon has performed what he has mentioned as a “world initially” by removing cancerous vertebrae and implanting in their place 3D printed vertebrae.
Ralph Mobbs, who was interviewed by ABC News in Australia, performed the surgery in late 2015 on a patient with chordoma, a rare form of cancer that occurs in the bones of the skull and spine. The 60-year-old patient was affected in the two vertebrae responsible for turning the head — meaning that if the 15 hour surgery failed, he’d be left paralysed.

Because of the position and function of these vertebrae, yet, they’re quite complex to replace — any bones implanted of the rest of the body has to be a quite precise fit. So, to avoid the issue, Mobbs decided to 3D print the replacements instead. He worked with a company called Anatomics to create and create the implants, that were created of titanium.

The company in addition printed precise anatomical models of the patient’s head for Mobbs to practice on preceding the surgery itself.
It was the initially time such an operation had been attempted. Mobbs told ABC that 3D printing was “the upcoming phase of individualised health care.”
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On the other hand the patient’s tumour has been removed and he can move his neck, he is already unable to speak or eat without assistance. But Mobbs stresses that with rehabilitative treatment, these problems can be resolved.

Other surgeons and scientists have in addition experimented with 3D printed body parts. Scientists not long ago proved the feasibility or expanding a 3D printed ear on a mouse’s back, a procedure they say may soon be applied to human transplanting too. And, less gorily, anatomy students at Australia’s Monash University started training for surgery on 3D printed organs.

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