World’s first 3D printed ‘living ear’ for patients with rare birth defects
The biotech company behind the creation of this innovative technique is named 3D Bio. This is the first time a company has printed an entire living construct, designed and implanted it in a patient to replace an organ that the patient was born without or has lost due to injury or disease. .
The surgery is a promising achievement for patients with microtia, a birth defect that results in underdeveloped ears. Rare medical condition affects an estimated one to five out of every 10,000 births. The 20-year-old woman who received the revolutionary surgery also suffered from microtia.
This technology has made a splash as surgeons around the globe are discussing its benefits.
Children’s ear reconstructive surgeon Arturo Bonilla said, “As a physician who has treated thousands of children with microtia around the country and around the world, I am inspired by what this technology can mean for microtia patients and their families.“.
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This new technique can easily micro-treat that currently requires invasive techniques, including rib cartilage removal for organ building.
Pediatric surgeons believe such a technique could be life-changing for babies born with microtia because appearance is quite important during the first years of life. He added that bullying or teasing can become a big problem.
Paying a little more attention to your image when you were a teenager was not thoughtful, and this is starting to preoccupy researchers. The procedure will also improve self-esteem after surgery.