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A panel at MD&M Minneapolis will discuss the perspective of patients benefiting from 3D printing.

MDDI Staff

October 17, 2022

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Conservative estimates indicate more than 3 million patients have been directly impacted by 3D printing. Meet just a few of those patients. Hear what it has meant to them and why what you do is so important. The stories will be presented at MD&M Minneapolis. Click here for more details

Facial Reconstruction:

For John Roby, the road to recovery from injuries to his face has been paved with teamwork between Plastic Surgery and Radiology using 3D printing. In an instant — the grasp on the hand brakes, the squealing tires, the realization of what was to come, the unavoidable collision between motorcycle and passenger side of a pickup truck — everything changed for John Roby. Although he does not know the how, he is keenly aware of the why he was taken to Mayo Clinic. And he is grateful. He was, he says now, unrecognizable — "a broken mess of bones."

Infant Brain Tumor:

10-month-old male diagnosed with a rare brain tumor. Choroid Plexus Papilloma in the third ventricle of the brain and moderate hydrocephalus. Surgical intervention needed quickly to relieve the pressure in the brain caused by the hydrocephalus. 3D virtual and printed model were prepared. The surgeon guided family using the 3D models to educate route of surgery to be safely performed to remove the tumor in its entirety. Leaving behind just a 4'' incision, the patient had a full recovery.

3D printed Model for Craniosynostosis Education and Pre-operative Planning:

3D printed skull models of a 2-month-old patient with unilateral coronal craniosynostosis and resultant asymmetric brachycephaly, right orbital enlargement and elevated orbital rim were provided to the neurosurgical team for surgical planning and another for the family. After interacting with the physical models, family members and the neurosurgical team were able to better understand the condition and the planned surgical correction. The patient is doing well after cranioplasty and orbital advancement.

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