Welcome to the latest therapeutic cyborgology. The possibilities are quite staggering. This is nothing new. When I was a kid, one of the dads involved with Cub Scouts had a metal plate in his head, courtesy of service to his country (Vietnam, if memory serves). This would be so much better.
3D printing technology has helped replace 75% of a patient’s skull with the approval of U.S. regulators.
The 3D-printed implant can replace the bone in people’s skulls damaged by disease or trauma, according to Oxford Performance Materials. The company announced it had received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its skull implant on Feb. 18 — a decision that led to the first U.S. surgical operation on March 4.
“We see no part of the orthopedic industry being untouched by this,” said Scott DeFelice, president of Oxford Performance Materials.
DeFelice’s company is already selling 3D-printed implants overseas as a contract manufacturer. But the FDA decision has opened the door for U.S. operations using the implants.
- 3D-Printed Skull Implant Ready for Operation (mashable.com)
- 3D-Printed Skull Implant Ready for Operation (livescience.com)
- 3D-Printed Polymer Skull Implant Used For First Time in US (medicaldaily.com)
- 3D-Printed Skull Implant Ready for Operation (news.discovery.com)
- OsteoFab™ Patient Specific Cranial Device Receives 510(k) Approval (prweb.com)
- Oxford Performance Materials Now Able to 3D Print 75% New Skulls (medgadget.com)
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration Approve 3-D Skull Implant (americanlivewire.com)