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South African Surgeons use 3D Printing to Reverse Hearing Loss

South African Surgeons use 3D Printing to Reverse Hearing Loss

Written by David

May 4, 2019

Back to top In a world first, surgeons in South Africa used 3D printing to restore the hearing of a man whose ear was severely damaged in a car crash. South African surgeons used 3D printing to restore a patient’s hearing by reconstructing the broken bones of his middle ear after it was severely damaged in a car accident. The operation took less than two hours. Professor Mashudu Tshifularo, head of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at the University of Pretoria Steve Biko Academic Hospital, said: “By replacing only the ossicles that aren’t functioning properly, the procedure carries significantly less risk than known prostheses and their associated surgical procedures. We will use titanium for this procedure, which is biocompatible. We use an endoscope to do the replacement, so the transplant is expected to be quick, with minimal scarring.” The surgeons believe this world first advancement could provide a long-term solution […]

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