Man Receives Full Reconstructive Facial Surgery With the Use of 3D Printers

_73522427_facecompStephen Power, a man who suffered severe head trauma after a motorcycle accident in 2012, has become the first trauma victim to receive 3D printing at every stage of his facial reconstruction. During his accident, Power had broken both cheekbones, his nose, top jaw and also suffered a skull fracture. In order to reconstruct the bones while also restoring the symmetry of his face, the surgical team used CT scans to create and print a symmetrical 3D model of Mr Power’s skull, as well as cutting guides and plates. Titanium plates were then printed to hold his new bones in place. His reconstructive surgery — which took only eight hours to complete– is being called pioneering by his surgeons, and they stated that the availability of 3D printing has allowed for precision that could never before be achieved. Power is happy with the results of the surgery and hopes that he will now be able to resume a normal life and have some of his confidence restored.

(Source: BBC)

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