Printed the 3D-printer tibia implanted with patient

Experimental surgery has helped 27-year-old Australian to save the leg. Reuben Lichter suffered a serious form of osteomyelitis and faces amputation of the leg, but doctors encouraged him to try a new method, previously only been tested on animals. As a result, surgeons implanted in his leg skeleton tibia printed the 3D-printer.

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Printed the 3D-printer tibia implanted with patient

First, a three-dimensional model of the patient's tibia big, then she was sent to Singapore, where the prosthesis manufactured from biocompatible polymer was formed. To successfully complete implantation, doctors had to carry out five operations. During the first of them from the tissues of pus was evacuated, and the next four are necessary for the successful completion of the operation, because just install the 3D-bone prosthesis in place will not work.

Printed the 3D-printer tibia implanted with patient

The new bone covered in blood vessels and tissues taken from the patient's tibia and the left knee - now they are beginning to grow into new bone around. Doctors believe that over time the tissue will re-create new bone, but it will take a lot of time - a year and a half. Roybenu until you can not walk and alarming pace.

This is not the first case of replacing the patient's bones on 3D-prosthesis. Earlier, China conducted an operation, during which the patient replaced several cervical vertebrae on dentures created with help of 3D-printer.