Patient-Specific Implants in Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

10:27 o'clock - 10:50 o'clock

There are a variety of procedures where patients benefit significantly from 3D printing (3DP) in CMF-Surgery – whether in trauma and reconstructive or craniofacial surgery to treat facial deformities. In this presentation, current applications of 3DP in CMF-Surgery will be presented and discussed.

3D-Printing: Patient-Specific Implants in Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery

Additive manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing technologies are manufacturing processes in which 3D solid objects are built up layer by layer in various materials like (high-performance) polymers (eg PEEK) or metals (eg titanium). In comparison to other fabrication processes, complex object geometries can be realized, as needed for most of the medical applications.

By 2021, a Gartner report predicts that 25% of surgeons will practice on 3D-printed models of the patient prior to surgery. Medical AM enables the production of realistic anatomical models for surgery planning and intra-operative guidance and of medical implants in Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery. In this area in particular, both patients and surgeons benefit enormously from the application of patient-specific implants manufactured with the help of 3D printing. The aim is to restore the bone and soft tissue anatomy before severe injury or tumor surgery, as well as in patients with congenital malformations.

The subject of this lecture is to measure the current status and the latest progress of 3D printing technology in the field of Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery. The key topics and prospects for important future research directions in 3D printing technologies, such as biofabrication (Bio-Printing), will be identified for implementation in hospitals at the Point-of-Care.


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Prof. h.c. Dr. med. Dr. med. dent. Florian M. Thieringer, MHBA, studied Medicine and Dentistry at the TU Munich and LMU Munich. He is currently Assistant Medical Director and Lecturer for Cranio- and Maxillo-Facial Surgery at the University Hospital Basel. Thieringer is Head of the Medical Additive Manufacturing research group at the University of Basel's Dept. of Biomedical Engineering and Co-Director of the Medical 3D Print Lab at the University Hospital of Basel.


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Dr. Dr. Florian Thieringer, MHBA

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