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South African Surgeon Performs World First Surgical Process Using 3D-Printed Middle-Ear Bones

South African Surgeon Performs World First Surgical Process Using 3D-Printed Middle-Ear Bones

Written by David

March 15, 2019

Professor Mashudu Tshifularo has conducted the world’s first surgical process using 3D-printed middle-ear bones. The Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Gauteng, South Africa, has successfully performed the world’s first 3D-printed total middle-ear transplant on a patient born with an underdeveloped middle ear. The transplant was conducted by a team of specialists who replaced the hammer, anvil, stirrup and ossicles that make up the middle ear. According to the Facebook page of the Gauteng Health Department, the 3D-printing technology is used to print these bones, and also to reconstruct the ossicles. The surgery has benefitted two patients already and can be done on children and adults. The pioneering surgical procedure was developed by Professor Mashudu Tshifularo at the Faculty of Health in the University of Pretoria. The surgery could be the answer to conductive hearing loss, a middle-ear problem caused by congenital birth defects, infection, trauma or metabolic diseases. Gauteng’s […]

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