Boy re­ceives 3D printed jaw, doc­tors claim trans­plant first

Global Times - - Mosaic -

A 10-year-old boy in China re­ceived a 3D printed jaw in what doc­tors are call­ing a pe­di­atric surgery first.

The ti­ta­nium al­loy trans­plant was car­ried out dur­ing a three-hour pro­ce­dure at the No.2 Hos­pi­tal of Shan­dong Uni­ver­sity this month.

The pa­tient, sur­named Feng, re­ceived ground­break­ing surgery af­ter hav­ing part of his jaw re­moved while ex­tract­ing a tu­mor in Septem­ber.

Lai Qing­guo, head of oral and max­illo­fa­cial surgery at the hos­pi­tal, had re­searched 3D printed pros­thet­ics in the UK in 2015.

Lai said the pro­ce­dure had never been at­tempted on a child and felt Feng a per­fect can­di­date. How­ever, his age posed a se­ri­ous chal­lenge as his bones were still grow­ing.

Lai and his team be­gan prepa­ra­tions in Jan­uary, in­clud­ing print­ing resin mod­els of Feng’s jaw and twice re­hears­ing the surgery.

Lai said that Feng has taken well to the im­plant. “His laws have lined up nicely and there is am­ple tis­sue growth,” said Lai.

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