Revolutionizing Facial Reconstruction Using 3D Printing and 3D Haptic Design

Maxillofacial reconstructive surgery reportedly began as far back as the American Civil War, (1861 – 1865) where doctors began treating facial fractures in soldiers. In the 150 years since, it has come a long way. But even as recently as a few years ago, successfully reconstructing a damaged face or head was notoriously difficult, with surgeons often having to be highly reactive to unforeseen complications during surgery.

The Centre for Applied Reconstructive Technologies in Surgery (CARTIS), an innovative partnership between surgeons and design engineering experts in Wales, is leading the way in revolutionizing this kind of surgery by researching and developing new ways, technology and processes to prepare for successful surgery. This unique combination of skills and talents has successfully developed new approaches and solutions that are changing the way facial reconstructions are carried out.

“This is groundbreaking work,” said Adrian Sugar, Consultant Cleft and Maxillofacial Surgeon at Morriston Hospital. “The combination of being able to use the patient’s own data from CT scans, being able to ‘feel’ bone fragments in the virtual world, model implants, and manufacture custom-designed devices and implants is changing the way we approach surgery and is significantly reducing surgery times.” It is also allowing us to introduce a degree of pre-surgical planning and more accurate outcomes for the patient which was previously not achievable.

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