First 3D Printed Skull Successfully Transplanted

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The first 3D printed skull transplant has taken place in the Netherlands — and they’ve released some of the early footage of the successful surgery.

The surgery was performed in the University Medical Center at Utrecht University, after surgeons there began treating a patient with a condition that was causing a thickening of the skull to almost 3 times its normal thickness, putting pressure on the brain.

By replacing her skull with a 3D printed one — a process that took over 23 hours of surgery — they were able to alleviate that pressure and, three months after the surgery, the doctors report that the patient has already gone back to work.

A team of surgeons in the UK has used 3D printing to reconstruct one side of a man’s face after a traumatic motorcycle accident in which he… Read…

3D printing is becoming increasingly more relied on by medicine. A hospital in the UK recently also made use of the technology to do a massive facial reconstruction surgery after a motorcycle accident left a man with traumatic injuries. This recent transplant though is the largest successful transplant of its kind.

A video from the hospital (Warning: you will get a pretty graphic look at just how the surgery is done) is below. It is also entirely in Dutch, so switch on the closed-captions before you hit play:

Watch Video in Dutch

By Jarrett Neil Ridlinghafer 
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