Avoiding Complications with Exact Replacements
Cancer patients in the maxillofacial wing of Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, UK, often require a surgical procedure to remove a tumor or bone fragment. This space then needs to be replaced or bridged with another piece of bone or material. Prosthetic plates or bone replacements are very commonly used in these cases, yet the exact replacements is typically achieved only after many alterations by surgeons in the operating room – while the patient is on the operating table.
Several factors help ensure a good surgical outcome, including efficient completion of the procedure, fully briefed and prepared surgeons, and an understanding of patient-specific risks to help avoid complications during or post-surgery. The dilemma for Queen Elizabeth’s hospital was how to prepare for patient- specific surgeries in a time and cost-effective way that could also save lives.
Prosthetist Stefan Edmondson and the Stratasys Objet Eden 350 3D Printer.
“The ability to produce life-like medical models in-house on our Stratasys 3D printer saves three to four hours in OR time per surgery, which at a cost of £5,000 an hour, is a substantial cost saving.”
Stefan Edmondson, Queen Elizabeth Hospital