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3D-printed pelvis; HEALTH NEWS.

3D printing seems magical to me but would you believe it can make bone? A patient in his 60s with a rare bone tumour that affected half his pelvis has had the tumour removed and new bone created on a 3D printer.

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.
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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 2, 2014
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