SINGAPORE: WORLD’S FIRST 3D PRINTED POLYMER RIBCAGE RECONSTRUCTION

Australia based Anatomics was an early pioneer in using 3D printing for surgeries. Under Neurosurgeon Paul D’Urso the firm has done a lot of work in personalized implants, surgical planning and 3D printed medical devices. In thoracic surgery, CMF implants and orthopedics the firm has rolled out software solutions as well as implants and materials for surgeons to use. Patient-specific surgical tools, patient-specific spinal cages, sternums or software to design surgical implants.

Now Anatomics worked with Singapore’s Tan Tok Seng Hospital to do a world-first, a Polymer ribcage reconstruction. Using Anatomics’ StarPore polymer tissue scaffold a 26 year old cancer patient who needed a new ribcage was helped. The surgery was a success and the patient went home after two days. In addition to the 3D printed ribcage reconstruction itself, patient-specific surgical guides, medical models and cutting guides and templates were also created to aid the surgery.

Source: 3DPRINT.COM

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