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British Doctors at Morriston Hospital in Swansea, UK, have carried out a pioneering surgery to reconstruct the face of a serious motorbike accident survivor using a series of 3D printed parts.
Stephen Power from Cardiff, Wales, is believed to be one of the first trauma patients in the world to have received such treatment. Doctors had to break his cheekbones again before rebuilding the face.
Power said the operation was life-changing as his face was badly injured in the accident. His face was repaired using 3D technology at every stage of the procedure. The operation was eight-hour long after culmination of months of 3D planning and printing.
The planning for 29-year-old Power’s face surgery got under way last year and the team of doctors scanned 3D images of his face to come up with guides to cut and position bones, and also the plates to hold bones in place. All the models were produced by 3D printing.
In the accident Power was left with extensive injuries. His right leg was damaged badly and he also broke his both arms. Both of his cheekbones and eye sockets were broken. His upper jaw was broken too and he was left with a fractured skull.
Consultant maxillofacial surgeon Adrian Sugar said after the surgery the cheekbone of Power is in good position.
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