Surgeons rebuild man’s face with 3D printer
Stephen Power from Cardiff in Wales is thought to be one of the first trauma patients in the world to have a procedure in which 3D printing was used at every stage.
The 29-year-old suffered multiple trauma injuries in an accident in 2012. Despite wearing a crash helmet, his top jaw, nose and both cheek bones were broken and he fractured his skull.
Surgeons said that by using 3D printing techniques, much of the guesswork was removed from the reconstruction of the face.
The result is a face that is remarkably similar to Mr Power's before the accident.
The team at Morriston Hospital in Swansea used CT scans to create and print a symmetrical 3D model of Mr Power’s skull, followed by cutting guides and plates printed to match.
In order to try to restore the symmetry of his face, the surgical team used CT scans to create and print a symmetrical model of Mr Power's scan.
It then cut guides and printed plates to