An Indian-origin surgeon in the UK, with the help of a 3D printer has successfully reconstructed a 53-year-old cancer patient’s jaw using bone from one of his legs.
Dr Daya Gahir of Royal Stoke University Hospital in West Midlands region of England specialises in facial, head and neck surgery and conducts as many as 40 reconstructions a year. Last year his hospital acquired the software required to make full use of the 150,000-pound 3D printer to make his task even more efficient, including designing and manufacturing the surgical tools and performing the surgery.
“We do at least 40 major head and neck reconstructions per year. Around 10 to 15 cases will be done in this way using the printer,” Gahir told the Stoke Sentinel newspaper.
“Some of the leg bone was taken then reshaped, as you have to replace bone with bone. We took away some of the skin from the leg as well and replanted it back into the neck,” he said, as he explained about the 12-hour delicate surgery conducted on his patient Stephen Waterhouse recently.
Waterhouse’s jawbone had disintegrated after he underwent radiotherapy treatment for his throat cancer a few years ago.