Recently, a patient had 75% of the cranial bones reconstructed, reports The Los Angeles Times. Oxford Performance Materials company has created an implant using 3D printing technology that can restore complex objects like human skull with high accuracy.
An implant was made specifically for the patient requiring the unique surgical procedure.
After the doctors had scanned the patient's head the precise implant was printed according to the digital model. The patient's name and injury details have not been disclosed.
Advanced methods of computer modelling allow creating personally customized implants that perfectly fit the patients' bodies.
This technology makes it possible to replace any type of bone significantly reducing operation time, the costs and risks, says the President of Oxford Performance Materials Scott Defelisa.
The implant is made of PEKK – "an ultra-high performance polymer". Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved this technology giving the green light for its full-scale implementation in the orthopaedic industry.
The company claims it can produce the implant within two weeks from getting patient's scan results. In fact, up to 500 patients in the U.S. are in need of such implants monthly.
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