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[Wired] Neurosurgeons in the Netherlands Successfully Implant 3D Printed Skull

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A 22-year-old woman from the Netherlands who suffers from a chronic bone disorder -- which has increased the thickness of her skull from 1.5cm to 5cm, causing reduced eyesight and severe headaches -- has had the top section of her skull removed and replaced with a 3D printed implant.

The operation was performed by a team of neurosurgeons at the University Medical Centre Utrecht and the university claims this is this first instance of a successful 3D printed cranium that has not been rejected by the patient.

The operation, which took 23 hours, was led by Dr Bon Verweij. The patient's skull was so thick, that had the operation not been performed, serious brain damage or death may have occurred in the near future.

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Since the operation, the patient has gained her sight back entirely, is symptom-free and back to work.

 

That is amazing.

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This, coupled with the stasis tech in the other active post, could do wonders for risky surgeries. Have Doctors use robotic surgery techniques on patients in stasis. Reduced trauma, reduced blood loss, reduced risk. It could allow for a lot more advancement in implanted prosthetics, etc. as well as basically any high risk surgery.
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I hope it'll become a very successful case for the long term.
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Yeah it was all over the news here pretty great achievement thumb.gif
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Wow...having experience of endocranial surgery, this is quite a feat.
Colored impressed and then some.


As for the cryo-suspended animation thingy, it would be interesting to see how fast people recover once the surgery is done.

Traditionally, when they put you through this kind of neurological shock (when they tamper with your brain or spinal cord etc), it takes "days" to properly weak up from the sedatives and whatnot, plus strong medication to technically keep you mildly sedated 24/7 for your neurons to "re-wire" themselves without you suffering for weeks.

If that could lead to faster recovery from the surgery itself, it should be big...

But back to the OP...5cm skull bowl...can I keep it?
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But back to the OP...5cm skull bowl...can I keep it?

hell yeh if my skull was like that and had to get a bit removed I def would want to keep it! wat a conversation piece! make a nice fruit bowl...
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Nice.
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was hoping for a complete skull transplant lol, still cool.
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its nice to hear that new technology can have impact on medicine once again and it can actually save lives.
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