3. 3D printing is transforming maxillofacial surgeries
Customized, 3D models for pre-surgical preparations are transforming maxillofacial surgical procedures in the U.K. – thanks to Stratasys’ PolyJet 3D printing.
Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, U.K. is using Stratasys’ Objet Eden350V 3D Printer and has reported having an up to 93% reduction in surgical planning time that comes with standard anatomical models. They have also reported 3 to 4 hours in surgical time per surgery have been saved with a cost reduction of £20,000 ($26,004.80) per operation.
Using an in-house 3D printer and help from Tri-Tech 3D, medical models for maxillofacial; burns and plastics; ear, nose and throat and neurosurgical models are revolutionizing pre-surgical procedures.
Maxillofacial prosthetic teams convert patient CT scans into 3D printed replica models, bone replacement parts or metal prosthetic plates using Stratasys’ 3D printing. All 3 of the components can be customized to fit the exact specifications for each patient.