3D PRINTING HELPS COMPLEX SURGERY AND MEDICAL EDUCATION AT UC DAVID HEALTH

3D Printing Industry | 3/4/2019 | Beau Jackson
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UC Davis Health’s surgeons are using 3D printing to assist them in complex surgical procedures. Part of the University of California, Davis, the faculty believes that in the long term this technology will remove barriers to understanding in medical surgery and medical education.

David Lubarsky, vice chancellor of human health sciences and CEO of UC Davis Health, said, “3D printing, which for us means manufacturing that’s accurate, affordable and on-site, can be a game changer in health care.”

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“BY ENABLING INTRICATE ANATOMY TO BE TRANSLATED FROM COMPUTERIZED DATA INTO LIFE-LIKE REPLICAS THAT CLINICIANS CAN ACTUALLY HOLD, ANALYZE AND WORK WITH MEANS THAT CHALLENGING MEDICAL PUZZLES WILL BECOME THAT MUCH EASIER TO SOLVE.”

The UC Davis Health complex. Image via UC Davis.

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In recent years, 3D printing technology has proved its usefulness in the biomedical field. Primary examples of this include the use of the technology in cancer research, patient-specific spinal and dental implants and pre-surgery planning.

UC Davis Health is using an Ultimaker 3 printer to make a difference.

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With the help of 3D printed anatomical models, Joseph Michael went through a surgical procedure which restored his eyesight. Michael, whose orbital socket (the circular cavity in which the eye rests) was damaged after an assault, received treatment at UC Davis Health. Dr. E. Bradley Strong, a professor of otolaryngology and a facial reconstruction surgery specialist, performed the surgery.

Dr. Strong explained, “Facial reconstructive surgery involves intricate anatomy within an extremely narrow operative field in which to maneuver our instruments […] Being able to print out a high-resolution 3D model of the injury, allows...
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