1st 3-D Printed Ribs Given to Cancer Patient
For the first time, part of a rib cage created on a 3D printer has been successfully implanted into a human.
Doctors at Salamanca University Hospital in Spain performed the surgery on a 54-year-old man who had a tumor in his chest wall.
The surgeons knew reconstruction of a rib cage would be difficult due to the complex shape of the chest cavity and the fact that conventional titanium implants are held together by screws, which can come undone over time. So they worked with an Australian company named Anatomics, which created a customized implant of a sternum and part of a rib cage and shipped it to Spain.
The patient recovered and so far has not experienced major complications.
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