3D printing to rebuild patient’s face at Morriston Hospital

Surgeons in Swansea are using groundbreaking 3D printing technology to rebuild a patient’s face which was crushed in a motorbike accident.
The team at Morriston Hospital has used CT scan images to design titanium implants created by a 3D printer.
The use of this method for injury-related reconstructions is thought to be among the first in the world. It is being featured in an exhibition at the Science Museum in London before the operation itself is carried out.
There have been cases using custom-made titanium implants to correct congenital conditions, those which arise at birth or shortly after.
However, this is thought to be one of the first such reconstructions following an injury. It is being led by Morriston Hospital consultant maxillofacial surgeon Adrian Sugar.
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board’s maxillofacial laboratory services manager and reconstructive scientist Peter Evans said: "The patient suffered trauma and had multiple injuries across his body, including some quite severe facial injuries.
"He underwent emergency surgery at the time and we are now at the stage where we can do a proper reconstruction of his face."