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Medical 3D Printing|Chinese Doctors Use 3D Printing to Rebuild Fractured Orbital Bone

On November 7th, GMT+8, in Chenzhou, Hunan Province, surgeons in Chenzhou No.1 People’s Hospital have successfully treated an orbital fracture with 3D printing technology. Now the patient has stable life signs and has a good recovery after surgery.

It is not the first time that we’ve seen 3D printing used in medical surgery.3D printing has been used in planning surgeries. By printing the target body part in real, surgeons can consider all the different measures to treat the patient and possible counter-measures against the risks during the surgeon. Surgeons can be more productive than seeing MRI or CT scan. This time they print a titanium mesh to help the women in blindness risk out.

In October, this year, Mrs. Lei in Yongxing County, Chenzhou City, Hunan Province happens to hurt her eye. She was sent to Department of Ophthalmology, Chenzhou No. 1 People’s Hospital.

Through careful inspections, the right orbit’s margin had varied degrees of fracture. As time goes, her orbit bone is not strong enough to hold her eyeball, causing her eye to sink into the skull. Thus, Mrs. Lei is suffering from diplopia, or double vision.

To help her out as soon as possible, the director of the Department of Ophthalmology convenes all skilled doctors to give the patient a comprehensive gauge of the fracture degree.

At that moment, fractured bones had sunk into ethmoid sinus, which is between eye and nose, all doctors agreed to invite the charger of the 3D Printing Department, He Yuchen to join the discussion meeting.

It took 2 hours for all doctors to conclude the meeting. Listening to the aesthetic needs of the young patient, they ended up an optimized treating solution with 3D printed titanium mesh. Based on the patients’ CT scan results, they designed a model and a titanium mesh. Since the patient had a great fracture in the eye, they decided to incise the patient’s skin to repair and rebuild the orbit.

Finally, with a combined work of surgeons, skilled doctors, 3D model charger and other supporting departments, after half an hour, the surgeon had been successfully performed.

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, can be extremely valuable to run with life-threatening body signals to save people’s lives. It can facilitate doctors preparing different sets of plans to get the most desired results. With titanium mesh planted, Mrs. Lei soon had a good recovery and her eyes can move normally. 3D printing combined with doctor’s skilled treatments turns out to be a success.