Doctors replaces part of a Chinese man’s crushed head with 3D printed titanium skull
A 46-year-old man, Hu who lives in a town near Xi’an, China got a part of his head replaced with 3D printed titanium mesh, in a surgery that was one of the first of its kind. The 3D printed titanium mesh was molded to perfectly restore the part of his skull, after he got his head smashed in an accident, in October, 2013. where he was working on a construction project when he fell from a three stories building and smashed his head on a pile of wood.
The fall caved in a significant portion of his skull, damaging his brain, causing vision loss, especially in his left eye, and depriving him of most of his ability to write and speak.
The Doctors at Xijing Hospital in Xi’an, who brought some medical experts from around the world to try and figure out how to restore some sense of normalcy for Hu, believes that after his brain has time to repair itself and grow within its new titanium structure, Hu should regain some of his lost ability to communicate.
With printing materials specially made in Belgium and provided by Stryker, an American medical device manufacturer, Hu underwent surgery on the morning of August 28. After, he was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit to recover.
Titanium is a common replacement material for bones since it usually doesn’t cause any adverse reaction — U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords had part of her skull patched with titanium mesh after being shot in the head in 2011 — but they still have to ensure that Hu’s system doesn’t reject the transplant.
Posted on September 14, 2014, in Accident, Health, latest news, world and tagged 3D, accident, China, communicate, construction project, damaged brain, doctors, Gabby Giffords, Hu, printed titanium skull, smashed head, surgery, transplant, vision, Xi'an, Xijing Hospital. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.