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European Medical Device Technology, Spring 2014

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20 | Spring 2014 European Medical Device Technology emdt.co.uk breakthroughs Five Examples of 3-D Printing Changing the MedTech World Still need proof that 3-D printing will revolutionize medtech? Take a look at these recent life-saving and important advancements enabled by 3-D printing for some proof of the potential power of the buzz-worthy technology. 3-D Printing Face Implants for Accident Victims The British Morriston Hospital announced that a team of surgeons was able to recon- struct the face of Stephen Power in an eight-hour operation using 3-D printing technology. Power's face was disfigured when he broke his cheek bones, both eye sockets and his upper jaw in a devastat- ing and disfiguring motorcycle accident. Reconstructive surgery was very difficult because the ophthalmologists were afraid that his eye might be damaged. But 3-D printing enabled a path forward. During several months of planning, the surgical team created 3-D images of Pow- er's face and printed 3-D models as well. Finally, it produced medical-grade titanium implants with a 3-D printer. "Without this advanced technology, it's freehand. You have to guess where everything goes," according to surgeon Adrian Sugar. "The technology allows us to be far more precise and get a better result for the patient." 3-D Printing Pelvic Implants for Cancer Patients The Telegraph told the story of an unnamed patient whose pelvis had to be partly removed to stop the spread of a rare form of bone cancer. "Standard implants do not always fit well, and in this case, so much bone needed removing that nothing would have been left to which an implant could have been attached," according to the paper. Physicians from Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospital NHS Trust were able to improve quality of life for the patient, however, with a tailor-made implant produced www.masterbond.com Hackensack, NJ 07601 USA • +1.201.343.8983 • main�masterbond.com for longevity an epoxy a day... • One and two part systems • USP Class VI certified • Sterilization resistant Download the latest medical product catalog ES430897_EMDT1405_020.pgs 04.29.2014 03:33 UBM black yellow magenta cyan

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