3D Printing – pioneering face transplantation surgery

3D Printing – pioneering face transplantation surgery

face transplantation surgery

This September, National Geographic is showcasing the incredible story of Katie Stubblefield. Following a failed suicide attempt, Katie, 21 became the youngest person to receive a full face transplant. The surgery, undertaken last year, has helped to restore Katie’s face structure and function, chewing, breathing and swallowing.

3D printed models and surgical guides are vital in the success of such complex operations. Before Katie’s face transplant, surgeons used 3D printing to help reconstruct about 90% of her lower jaw. The surgical team used CT scans of the jaw of Katie’s older sister, Olivia McCay, to 3D-print a model template for reconstruction.

“This story is another example of how 3D printing contributes to some life changing and innovative medical advances. EMCO has worked with a variety of universities and hospitals throughout the UK, supplying 3D printing machines, training, supplying test models and sample works. This is an exciting and growing part of our business and it is great to see 3D printing improving patient’s lives.” Chris Heal, Sales Manager

EMCO has worked with Addenbrookes Hospital, the John Radcliffe Hospital and the University of East Anglia. Want to know more about the EMCO product range, visit www.emco.co.uk. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet the team and see their work in action at the October Open Day Event in Hampshire on 9th and 10th – email chris@emco.co.uk for more details.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/09/face-transplant-katie-stubblefield-story-identity-surgery-science/

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