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University Hospital Basel achieves 33% reduction in operating times with 3D printed surgical guides

Written by Paul

September 11, 2018

Stratasys The University Hospital Basel has achieved a 33% reduction in operating times for complex cranio-maxillofacial surgeries by utilising 3D printed surgical guides. Harnessing a Stratasys Objet 30 Prime platform, the Swiss hospital has been able to produce patient-specific models in quick time, all the while reducing the risk of complications, improving outcomes, and also saving up to 2,000 Swiss Francs per procedure. The hospital created its own 3D printing lab upon the installation of the Stratasys machine, and has since enjoyed an enhanced level of patient care. Previously, the team had to plan surgical reconstructions using standard titanium meshes which were cut and formed by hand in the operating theatre to ensure an exact fit – a time-consuming process. Now, around two hours after receiving the patient’s CT scan data, the surgical team can print patient-specific models, and the operation can commence sooner. “Many of our trauma patients […]

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