3D-printed pelvis; HEALTH NEWS.
Craig Gerrand, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Newcastle upon Tyne, said: "This cancer doesn't respond to drugs or radiotherapy so the only option was to remove it."
The bone area needing to be replaced was so big that a standard hand-made implant couldn't be fitted. So doctors arranged for a bespoke pelvis to be "printed".
First they used CT scanning to obtain precise measurements of the hole that would be left after surgery. They then supplied the data to a British firm that produced the new half pelvis.
It was inserted into the patient and a standard hip replacement was fitted into its socket.
That was three years ago and the patient is walking again with the aid of a stick.