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Surgeons Successfully Implanted the First 3D-Printed Rib

Surgeons Successfully Implanted the First 3D-Printed Rib

Written by David

March 18, 2019

There have been many advances in 3D-printing in the medical domain and the trend is growing by leaps and bounds. In a world’s first, surgeons successfully implanted a 3D-printed rib into a patient in Bulgaria. The patient, 35-year-old Ivalo Josifoy, went to his physician because he had tonsillitis, but a chest x-ray revealed a growth on his fifth rib, according to Digital Trends. His doctors were concerned that the condition could cause pulmonary issues later on so they decided to remove and replace the rib. Traditional rib implants are made from titanium and are very expensive but Josifoy’s surgeon Dr. Tzvetan Minchey, who is the head of cardiothoracic surgery at Tokuda Hospital in Sofia, had a plan to use a new high-tech solution. The new approach, called fused deposition modeling (FDM), was used to create a rib implant that was significantly cheaper than titanium, was ready in less than […]


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