3D printing gets woman new skull

We’ve all heard how the hottest latest printing technology lets you print in 3D. These 3D printing include printing 3D bones, … Although it’s all true but it still feels like a fairy tale.

In this surreal report, a team of Dutch brain surgeons has successfully printed and replaced the bulk of a woman’s skull with a 3D-printed dome (watch video below).

The woman, a 22-year-old patient, had been suffering from a rare condition. The condition was making her skull thicker, compressing her brain and damaging its functions. At the time of the surgery, the bone was 5 centimeters thick as opposed to the normal thickness of 1.5cm.

Her medical team, led by neurologist Ben Verweij at Utrecht University’s UMC made a perfect copy of her skull using a 3D printer and fitted it to her head in a 23-hour-long surgery.

“Implants used to be made by hand in the operating theatre using a sort of cement which was far from ideal… Using 3D printing we can make one to the exact size. This not only has great cosmetic advantages, but patients’ brain function often recovers better than using the old method.” –Ben Verweij

Other hospitals have placed skull implants successfully in patients but this is the first time a complete cranium has been replaced, the surgeon said.

The patient is now perfectly fine and can probably dance on her head.