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Australian Man Receives 3D Printed Titanium Replacement for Sternum

Australian Man Receives 3D Printed Titanium Replacement for Sternum

Written by David

May 7, 2019

Walter Santos of Australia received a 3D printed titanium sternum replacement. Walter Santos of Australia is living much more comfortably now, thanks to a 3D printed titanium implant in his sternum. The device, developed by Dr. Michael Harden at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, was created for Santos, a truck driver, after a rare cancer (initially presenting itself as a small bulge in the chest) was discovered due to acute, intense pain, with his upper torso feeling as if it were on fire. As Australian medical professionals began examining the tumor, they realized they could perform surgery to remove it, but the procedure would be intricate because of the bone and tissue surrounding the area that would also need to be removed. Santos’ tumor would have to be removed, but surgeons had to find a progressive way to replace his sternum area. This type of aggressive surgery is […]

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