3D printed lower jawbone transplanted into an 83-year-old woman

The first operation of its kind.

An 83-year-old’s lower jaw was completely replaced with a 3D printed titanium substitute due to a chronic bone infection. The operation occurred in June, but has only recently been publicized.

The doctors chose this approach because they believed traditional reconstructive surgery was too risky considering her age. The operation to attach the new jawbone took only four hours, one-fifth the time of the traditional method. The time savings is due to the fact that the 3D printed jaw fit the patient perfectly. The woman went home after four days.

The titanium jaw was printed by LayerWise before being coated with a special bioceramic via a high-temperature plasma spray to help the part mimic real bone.

Via BBC News

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