Hussain, a seventeen-year-old war victim from Yemen was operated by doctors from the Manipal hospital in Malleshwaram. Doctors used the 3D printing technology to pre-plan and reconstruct the broken lower jaw (mandible). Hussain had lost his lower jaw in a bomb blast three years ago in his home country.
3D printing has, on numerous occasions, been able to help doctors to operate on their patients to get them out of their distress. In the recent past, India has seen numerous operations where 3D printing has proved to be the saviour and it seems that the Indian doctors are now more inclined to use the 3D printing technology to their advantage.
Hussain could not close his mouth and had difficulty in swallowing due to lack of skeletal support. He had to suffer this ordeal for 3 years during which he travelled to various countries trying to find some relief but even after multiple reconstructive surgeries, his problem was far from solved.
Doctors from the Manipal hospital reconstructed Hussain’s lower jaw (mandible) by harvesting his bone and stem cells.
According to Nisha Shetty, consultant Facio Maxillary surgeon at Manipal hospital who treated Hussain said, “Hussain’s previous surgeries left very little opportunity for us. He had undergone grafting, both fibulaes (lower limbs) were used and multiple soft tissue grafts were harvested to perform surgeries; it was difficult to reconstruct his jaw again.”
After thorough pre-planning, the doctors from Manipal Hospital 3D scanned the jaw and then 3D printed the mandible to understand the damage and the support structures to the jaw. By using Hussain’s stem cells from his hip bone (ilium) and bone graft impregnated into the 3D printed model, a customised prefabricated mandible was fixed to his residual bone.
After 9 surgeries across the globe, he finally arrived at Manipal hospital. The doctors naturally reconstructed his mandible by using his stem cells. Hussain had to wait for three months for his mandible to grow.
Source: Deccan Herald
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