UMC Utrecht replaces skull woman with prosthesis 3d printer




Surgeons at University Medical Center Utrecht, the skull of a 22-year-old woman skull replaced with a prosthesis made with a 3D printer. The doctors could with the 3D printer skull reproduce exactly.

UMC Utrecht worked for the printing of a skull with the Australian company Anatomics , specializing in particular in 3d-printed prosthetics. According to the physicians has 3D printing major advantages compared to the old method, which doctors during the operation to make a skull portion of a kind of cement.

Because 3D printers can print an exact replica of the skull, the skull prosthesis fits much better than the old method. It is hard to see that the patient has a skull prosthesis and show the brain of patients with a 3D printed skull prosthesis to be. Often better

The surgeons are pleased with the results and think we can help with a full cranial prosthesis more patients. It would be the world’s first that someone walking around with a fully 3D-printed skull. The printed skull is made of plexiglas, the shape is determined on the basis of a 3D model based on a CT scan.

The hospital has been waiting for some time by making public the news to make sure that the operation was successful. The operation in which the skull of the patient was replaced by a prosthetic plastic took a total of 23 hours. Meanwhile, the woman is fully recovered and she is back at work, it is also clear that she has taken part in the operation. No adverse effects

The 22-year-old woman who had surgery suffered from a disease that makes her skull bone was getting fatter. This brought her brains in tribulation, making her eyesight deteriorated. The expectation was that other brain functions would be less in the long run and the woman would eventually die. Vision of women has now been fully returned.


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