Surge after surgery
SHARES in the company behind a 3D-printed jaw joint successfully used in corrective surgery have soared.
The customised titanium jaw joint made by 3D Medical was implanted in a 32-year-old man during a five-hour operation at the Epworth-Freemasons Hospital in Melbourne to correct a rare jaw deformity.
The deformity had left the man with a skewed lower face and limited jaw opening. “The successful outcome of this procedure . . . serves to validate the end-to-end business model of 3D Medical in designing and developing custom implants,” chairman Nigel Finch said.
3D Medical said that the patient’s severe deformity was an ideal case for the use of its technology. The company’s shares were up 2c, or 22 per cent, at 11c yesterday.