Spanish cancer patient receives world's first 3D-printed Titanium rib cage
Spanish cancer patient receives world's first 3D-printed Titanium rib cage

3D Printed Rib Cage And Sternum Implanted Into Spanish Cancer Patient (Video)

A 54-year-old patient suffering from a chest wall sarcoma became the first ever patient to receive a custom 3D printed titanium rib cage implant.

Designed by CSIRO in Australia and printed by Lab 22, their 3D printing facility, this is a custom printed rib cage and sternum replacement. Apparently due to the complexity of the rib cage, regular implants can get loose over time hence the need for a custom-made design. Lab 22 managed to design this by using high resolution CT scans and worked together with the man’s surgical team.

The end result is a custom 3D printed sternum and a partial rib cage fashioned out of titanium. The part was then implanted into the man’s chest and were secured using some screws. It seems that everything went according to plan and the surgery was deemed a success. The patient was ultimately discharged from the hospital after 12 days.

No word on how much this entire procedure cost but we reckon that the use of titanium and the custom job probably did not come cheap. We have to wonder if this was covered by the man’s insurance!


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