3D printing assists in Belgium’s first full-face transplant!

A 65-strong medical team at Ghent University Hospital, headed by Phillip Blondeel, performed Belgium’s first full-face transplant. This was the world’s nineteenth face transplant, but it was the first time that the procedure was planned digitally. Engineers used a model from a CT scan to examine the patient’s defects so they could 3D print anatomically correct models of what healthy bones in the patients’s face should look like. The printed “guides” were then used as a reference during the surgery, sitting on the donor’s face so the surgeon knew exactly where to cut.

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