surgery

Building Surgical Skills with 3D Printed Practice at University of Michigan Medical School

Building Surgical Skills with 3D Printed Practice at University of Michigan Medical School

As with any profession that has immediate, real life consequences that are starkly set out in terms of life and death, the more practice that a surgeon can get before actually performing a procedure, the better it is for everybody. The way in which surgeons historically would have gotten the hands on experience necessary to allow […]

As with any profession that has immediate, real life consequences that are starkly set out in terms of life and death, the more practice that a surgeon can get before actually performing a procedure, the better it is for everybody. The way in which surgeons...
3D Printing Helps a Man Grow a New Ear on His Arm

3D Printing Helps a Man Grow a New Ear on His Arm

You’ve probably heard the phrase “the walls have ears” but what you may not have heard is that in a hospital room in China, a man’s arm has ears too. Well, an ear actually. Before you start a Twitterstorm panicking about the state of human rights in China, let me assure you that this was […]

You’ve probably heard the phrase “the walls have ears” but what you may not have heard is that in a hospital room in China, a man’s arm has ears too. Well, an ear actually. Before you start a Twitterstorm panicking about the state of human...
Renishaw Helps to Create 3D Printed Orbital Implant for Complex Surgery in Nepal

Renishaw Helps to Create 3D Printed Orbital Implant for Complex Surgery in Nepal

When a deadly, 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal in April of 2015, killing thousands of people, the 3D printing community jumped right in to offer assistance, from a 3D printable model (for a donation) of Nepal’s Boudhanath Stupa Buddhist temple from Pinshape and MiniWorld, to a call for desktop 3D printing solutions and design ideas […]

When a deadly, 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal in April of 2015, killing thousands of people, the 3D printing community jumped right in to offer assistance, from a 3D printable model (for a donation) of Nepal’s Boudhanath Stupa Buddhist temple from...
3D Printed Model Provides Assistance in Young Boy's Complex Heart Surgery

3D Printed Model Provides Assistance in Young Boy's Complex Heart Surgery

When Katrina Bradley went to her doctor for an ultrasound, she was four months pregnant with her second child. Unfortunately, it was during that ultrasound that she learned that her baby was afflicted with a heart defect so severe that the predictions were more than 95% against the possibility of his survival. This devastating news left […]

When Katrina Bradley went to her doctor for an ultrasound, she was four months pregnant with her second child. Unfortunately, it was during that ultrasound that she learned that her baby was afflicted with a heart defect so severe that the predictions were more than...
Surgeon Calls On Materialise Mimics Software to Create 3D Printed Patient-Specific Surgical Guides for a Complex Wrist Osteotomy

Surgeon Calls On Materialise Mimics Software to Create 3D Printed Patient-Specific Surgical Guides for a Complex Wrist Osteotomy

Any type of surgery, from the simplest to the more complex, brings potential risks with it; any number of things can go wrong. That’s why Alistair Phillips, a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in the hand, wrist, and elbow who works at Spire Southampton Hospital and the Hampshire Hand Surgery Clinic, has a personal philosophy to treat […]

Any type of surgery, from the simplest to the more complex, brings potential risks with it; any number of things can go wrong. That’s why Alistair Phillips, a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in the hand, wrist, and elbow who works at Spire...
The UAE is Changing Surgery by Embracing High Tech Like 3D Printing and Robotics

The UAE is Changing Surgery by Embracing High Tech Like 3D Printing and Robotics

The United Arab Emirates has made no secret of its fascination with the possibilities presented through advanced technologies. The support provided by the government for exploration and innovation has regularly made headlines. And they aren’t just spending their money at home, they are spreading it around wherever they believe the benefits may be worth investing […]

The United Arab Emirates has made no secret of its fascination with the possibilities presented through advanced technologies. The support provided by the government for exploration and innovation has regularly made headlines. And they aren’t just spending their...
Healthcare Technology Firm axial3D Responds to Surge in Demand for 3D Printed Medical Models and Opens New Facility in Belfast

Healthcare Technology Firm axial3D Responds to Surge in Demand for 3D Printed Medical Models and Opens New Facility in Belfast

It’s one thing for surgeons and doctors to prepare for medical procedures by studying up ahead of time by reading books and studies and articles, or maybe watching videos of the procedure being performed elsewhere. That’s all well and good, if you’re a visual or auditory learner. But what about the tactile, or kinesthetic, learners? […]

It’s one thing for surgeons and doctors to prepare for medical procedures by studying up ahead of time by reading books and studies and articles, or maybe watching videos of the procedure being performed elsewhere. That’s all well and good, if you’re...
Using Virtual Reality to Travel Inside the Human Brain

Using Virtual Reality to Travel Inside the Human Brain

It’s hard not to be fascinated by virtual reality. The fantasy of being able to immerse yourself in a nonexistent environment and navigate as if you are part of it would have seemed only an idea fit for movies not that long ago. Using that technology for entertainment has been a no-brainer, but a recent […]

It’s hard not to be fascinated by virtual reality. The fantasy of being able to immerse yourself in a nonexistent environment and navigate as if you are part of it would have seemed only an idea fit for movies not that long ago. Using that technology for...
How One Company is Defeating Obesity with 3D Printing-Based Bariatric Procedures

How One Company is Defeating Obesity with 3D Printing-Based Bariatric Procedures

BioSculpture Technology, a company led by New York Downtown Hospitals and the Presbyterian New York affiliated plastic surgeon Robert Cucin, recently revealed that the 3D printing technology has allowed the firm to develop an innovative line of surgical instruments for obesity treatment. Liposuction, a surgical procedure that involves the removal of excess fat deposits in […]

BioSculpture Technology, a company led by New York Downtown Hospitals and the Presbyterian New York affiliated plastic surgeon Robert Cucin, recently revealed that the 3D printing technology has allowed the firm to develop an innovative line of surgical instruments...
Surgeons in India Embrace 3D Technology

Surgeons in India Embrace 3D Technology

In just the last month, 22 surgeries have been conducted in the the Sawai Man Singh (SMS) Hospital in Jaipur, India that have relied upon advanced 3D technology to aid in precision medical interventions. Each of these cases involved a patient with cholelithiasis disease, the medical term for the presence of stones in the gallbladder. However, […]

In just the last month, 22 surgeries have been conducted in the the Sawai Man Singh (SMS) Hospital in Jaipur, India that have relied upon advanced 3D technology to aid in precision medical interventions. Each of these cases involved a patient with cholelithiasis...
3D Systems Partners with Intuitive Surgical and FRGS to Create Training Modules for Robotic Hysterectomies

3D Systems Partners with Intuitive Surgical and FRGS to Create Training Modules for Robotic Hysterectomies

Hysterectomies can be traumatic for a woman, but the fact is that nearly 433,000 of them are performed in the United States each year, making them the second most common surgical procedure in the country. As more types of surgeries are beginning to utilize robots to assist in the procedures, several organizations are working to make […]

Hysterectomies can be traumatic for a woman, but the fact is that nearly 433,000 of them are performed in the United States each year, making them the second most common surgical procedure in the country. As more types of surgeries are beginning to utilize robots to...
Surgeons Create 3D Printed Custom Implant to Restore Pelvis after Resection

Surgeons Create 3D Printed Custom Implant to Restore Pelvis after Resection

After experiencing left hip pain for over a year, a 65-year-old patient, Mr. “Smith,” was scheduled to undergo an operation to a pelvic tumor and thereafter reconstruct the area affected by the resultant bone defect. This required the creation of a patient-specific implant that would replace the bone removed during the procedure while allowing the […]

After experiencing left hip pain for over a year, a 65-year-old patient, Mr. “Smith,” was scheduled to undergo an operation to a pelvic tumor and thereafter reconstruct the area affected by the resultant bone defect. This required the creation of a...
Heart Transplant Surgery Performed With Help of Color Coded 3D Printed Model

Heart Transplant Surgery Performed With Help of Color Coded 3D Printed Model

There comes a day in everyone’s life when they realize that the human heart bears no resemblance to that double lobed drawing that shows up on Valentine’s Day cards and cheap tattoos. For most of us, a vague understanding of what it looks like is all the knowledge we need. However, if you are a surgeon, and […]

There comes a day in everyone’s life when they realize that the human heart bears no resemblance to that double lobed drawing that shows up on Valentine’s Day cards and cheap tattoos. For most of us, a vague understanding of what it looks like is all the...
3D Printing Gives This Chinese Woman a 'Perfect Chin'

3D Printing Gives This Chinese Woman a 'Perfect Chin'

We have really begun to see the use of 3D printing take off within operating rooms and hospitals in China. From listing and reading all of the media reports, it would appear as though China is ahead of all other nations when it comes to using additive manufacturing to aid in surgeries. Whether this is […]

We have really begun to see the use of 3D printing take off within operating rooms and hospitals in China. From listing and reading all of the media reports, it would appear as though China is ahead of all other nations when it comes to using additive manufacturing to...
Surgeons 3D Print a Copy of a Woman's Tibia to Straighten Her Severely Deformed Leg

Surgeons 3D Print a Copy of a Woman's Tibia to Straighten Her Severely Deformed Leg

We’ve seen heartwarming stories of 3D printing coming to the aid of medical professionals around the globe, by providing tools for success, in surgeries which would not have even been attempted a few years ago. 3D printing, particularly that of creating medical models, has begun to remove the term “inoperable” from many surgeons’ vocabulary. In […]

We’ve seen heartwarming stories of 3D printing coming to the aid of medical professionals around the globe, by providing tools for success, in surgeries which would not have even been attempted a few years ago. 3D printing, particularly that of creating medical...
3D Systems Announces First Virtual Reality Robotic Prostatectomy Training and Soft Tissue Model

3D Systems Announces First Virtual Reality Robotic Prostatectomy Training and Soft Tissue Model

You might have thought that you could skip this year’s Annual Meeting for the American Urological Association, taking place in New Orleans on May 15 – 19, but if you can’t be there, you should at least know about a new release from 3D Systems that will be showcased there. Specifically, they are introducing the […]

You might have thought that you could skip this year’s Annual Meeting for the American Urological Association, taking place in New Orleans on May 15 – 19, but if you can’t be there, you should at least know about a new release from 3D Systems that will be showcased...
Cranioplasty Welcomes 3D Printed Molds for Reconstructive Surgery in Russia

Cranioplasty Welcomes 3D Printed Molds for Reconstructive Surgery in Russia

Cranioplasty is the art and science of repairing defects or deformity in the skull. The reasons to perform this type of delicate surgery range from traumatic injuries to surgeries to birth defects. Dr. Ivan Ulianovsky of the Vologda region in Russia was approached by neurosurgeons at the Vologda Regional Hospital for assistance in the creation […]

Cranioplasty is the art and science of repairing defects or deformity in the skull. The reasons to perform this type of delicate surgery range from traumatic injuries to surgeries to birth defects. Dr. Ivan Ulianovsky of the Vologda region in Russia was approached by...
3D Printed Models Aid Microvascular Surgery

3D Printed Models Aid Microvascular Surgery

In many societies (barring possibly societies in which women are veiled), your face is your passport to everyday interactions with others and, as such, features prominently in the creation of self-identity. The very fact that a disastrous fall in society is referred to as “losing face” is indicative of the importance of that presentation to […]

In many societies (barring possibly societies in which women are veiled), your face is your passport to everyday interactions with others and, as such, features prominently in the creation of self-identity. The very fact that a disastrous fall in society is referred...
3D Printed Teeth on the Form 1+ Help Dentists and Patients Prepare for Dental Procedures

3D Printed Teeth on the Form 1+ Help Dentists and Patients Prepare for Dental Procedures

When it comes to performing surgery that will affect people’s looks, especially in an area as small and crowded as the inside of the mouth, people need some reassurance of the outcome. Doctors and dentists have been seeking ways to show people the before and after results of their work – whether to help them […]

When it comes to performing surgery that will affect people’s looks, especially in an area as small and crowded as the inside of the mouth, people need some reassurance of the outcome. Doctors and dentists have been seeking ways to show people the before and after...
Training Pediatric Surgeons Using 3D Printed Rib Cages

Training Pediatric Surgeons Using 3D Printed Rib Cages

One of the difficulties of training new entrants into the medical field is the leap from text knowledge to hands on care. One of the ways to approach that transition in health education is through the provision of models as a buttress, with students practicing what they have learned on plaster or plastic replicas as […]

One of the difficulties of training new entrants into the medical field is the leap from text knowledge to hands on care. One of the ways to approach that transition in health education is through the provision of models as a buttress, with students practicing what...
3D Printing in China Allows Man to Regain Use of His Legs

3D Printing in China Allows Man to Regain Use of His Legs

We have seen many tremendous breakthroughs within the medical field recently, thanks in a large part to 3D printing technology. There are tremendous benefits of using this up-and-coming means of production to aid in more advanced surgeries, that previously may not have been possible. For one 40-year-old Chinese man, named Yang Xue-bin, 3D printing literally […]

We have seen many tremendous breakthroughs within the medical field recently, thanks in a large part to 3D printing technology. There are tremendous benefits of using this up-and-coming means of production to aid in more advanced surgeries, that previously may not...
Chinese Man Loses Half His Skull in Fall - Doctors to Return Him to Normal with 3D Printed Titanium Mesh

Chinese Man Loses Half His Skull in Fall - Doctors to Return Him to Normal with 3D Printed Titanium Mesh

It’s the greatest fear of them all, for the wives and family members of construction workers, police officers, firemen, and military servicemen. Each year, thousands of blue collar workers are severely hurt, and many times killed in work related accidents. These accidents occur at random and oftentimes there is no one at fault. For a […]

It’s the greatest fear of them all, for the wives and family members of construction workers, police officers, firemen, and military servicemen. Each year, thousands of blue collar workers are severely hurt, and many times killed in work related accidents. These...
12 Hospitals in the UK Are Using Stratasys 3D Printers for the Creation of Surgical Models Prior to Surgery

12 Hospitals in the UK Are Using Stratasys 3D Printers for the Creation of Surgical Models Prior to Surgery

When a patient walks into a hospital on the day of a scheduled surgery, there is usually a tremendous amount of nervousness that follows. While, surgeons have been specially trained, and the majority of them have probably taken part in numerous similar operations in the past, there is still a cause for concern, as no […]

When a patient walks into a hospital on the day of a scheduled surgery, there is usually a tremendous amount of nervousness that follows. While, surgeons have been specially trained, and the majority of them have probably taken part in numerous similar operations in...
3D Printing Aids Spinal Surgery in Brazil to Remove Huge Tumor & 5 Vertebrae From 12 Year-Old Girl

3D Printing Aids Spinal Surgery in Brazil to Remove Huge Tumor & 5 Vertebrae From 12 Year-Old Girl

If you go back just 2 years, it was almost unheard of to see media coverage of 3D printing technology coming to the aid of doctors in the operating room. Now, it seems as though every week there is a new “breakthrough” surgery that takes place with the help of 3D printing. Most of the […]

If you go back just 2 years, it was almost unheard of to see media coverage of 3D printing technology coming to the aid of doctors in the operating room. Now, it seems as though every week there is a new “breakthrough” surgery that takes place with the...
Innovative Use of 3D Printed Hip Joint Changing the Surgical Norms

Innovative Use of 3D Printed Hip Joint Changing the Surgical Norms

In 1977 Meryl Richards injured her hip in a car accident. Since then she has experienced chronic pain and disfigurement, with her left leg bone pushing up through her hipbone, weakened by six operations, resulting in one leg being a full 2 inches shorter than the other. In the past years she has used crutches […]

In 1977 Meryl Richards injured her hip in a car accident. Since then she has experienced chronic pain and disfigurement, with her left leg bone pushing up through her hipbone, weakened by six operations, resulting in one leg being a full 2 inches shorter than the...