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Medical First: 3-D Printed Skull Successfully Implanted in Woman
NBC ^ | 3/27/2014 | JAMES ENG

Posted on 03/28/2014 3:07:03 AM PDT by markomalley

Another day, another advance in 3-D printing technology.

Doctors in the Netherlands report that they have for the first time successfully replaced most of a human’s skull with a 3-D printed plastic one — and likely saved a woman's life in the process.

The 23-hour surgery took place three months ago at University Medical Center Utrecht. The hospital announced details of the groundbreaking operation this week and said the patient, a 22-year-old woman, is doing just fine.

The woman, whose name wasn’t released, suffered from severe headaches due to a thickening of her skull. She slowly lost her vision, her motor coordination was suffering and it was only a matter of time before other essential brain functions would have atrophied, Verweij said in a press release issued by UMC Utrecht.

Verweij noted that in some brain operations it’s common for part of the skull to be temporarily removed to reduce pressure on the brain, then put back later or replaced by an artificial implant. In this case, doctors inserted nearly an entire plastic skull that was manufactured with the help of Anatomics, an Australian medical device company that specializes in 3-D printing,

"We used to create an implant by hand in the operating theater using a kind of cement, but those implants did not have a very good fit," Verweij said. "Now we can use 3-D printing to ensure that these components are an exact fit. This has major advantages, not only cosmetically but also because patients often have better brain function compared with the old method."

Three months after surgery, the woman’s pain is gone and she can see again.

“The patient has fully regained her vision, she has no more complaints, she's gone back to work and there are almost no traces that she had any surgery at all,” said Verweij.

In the video below, doctors describe the procedure in Dutch.


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Science
KEYWORDS: netherlands

video of the procedure at link.

1 posted on 03/28/2014 3:07:03 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Just WOW!


2 posted on 03/28/2014 3:44:41 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Vaquero

Very interesting, and a great use of technology. There are several conditions that can lead to thickening of the skull. I wonder what she had. It saddens me to think that with the current state of medicine in the US less and less of these stories are going to come out of US medical centers.


3 posted on 03/28/2014 4:07:09 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

Now, can we get some 3-D printed testicles to implant in Republican Congresscritters?


4 posted on 03/28/2014 4:18:35 AM PDT by catman67
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

The people who voted in this regime TWICE are too stupid to know what havoc they have wrought. And the GOPe are useful idiots in that regard.


5 posted on 03/28/2014 4:24:39 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: markomalley

Wow, that is amazing.

With these 3-D printing technologies, we will soon be able to make a lot of “replacement parts.” I hope that such advances will move us beyond the horrible practice of organ transplantation.


6 posted on 03/28/2014 4:29:05 AM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: Vaquero

This is another wonderful use of 3D Printing. Not quite as jaw-dropping as a new skull, but just as wonderful.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoZ2BgPVtA0

3D-Printed “Magic Arms”


7 posted on 03/28/2014 4:29:11 AM PDT by BwanaNdege
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To: catman67
Now, can we get some 3-D printed testicles to implant in Republican Congresscritters?

No place to put 'em.

8 posted on 03/28/2014 4:36:14 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: catman67

I’m not sure if it’s lack of intestinal fortitude, or if it’s just that they are self-interested and put that behind principle. Either way, the results are the same.


9 posted on 03/28/2014 5:14:32 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

Cool!

I suspect it’s more of their giant egos getting in the way. You have to have a huge ego to go into politics and they glorify in the power. With that power comes money which inflates them even more. By then, they have long forgotten the little people they are supposed to represent. It’s all about themselves.


10 posted on 03/28/2014 6:05:20 AM PDT by bgill
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To: markomalley; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ..

They got halfway through the operation and found out they were out of “ink”. ;’)

Hey, I didn’t want to use a joke about the Borg until I checked the whole thread.

Thanks markomalley.


11 posted on 03/28/2014 6:16:57 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/alreadyposted/index)
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To: markomalley

Just amazing. Praise to God for allowing man to discover such techniques.


12 posted on 03/28/2014 6:34:52 AM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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