A remarkable team of plastic surgeons, led by Prof. Blondeel at the University Hospital of Ghent, have successfully executed Belgium’s first full face transplant. Although it was the world’s nineteenth face transplant, this was the first time that the complex procedure was fully planned using digital planning and 3D printing. During the 20 hour long procedure the patient, who suffered from a large facial defect, received bone, muscles, veins, nerves, and of course skin from a donor who had just died.
First of all, thank you to all of those who attended the Materialise World Conference, which took place from the 18th to the 20th of April 2012, in Leuven, Belgium. We hope that you all enjoyed your time at the conference and found ideas and inspiration for future projects using Additive Manufacturing.
Active in the field of osteosynthesis and biomaterials, OBL is a leader in the design of titanium implants for cranio-maxillofacial surgery and face distraction systems and part of the Materialise group since 2007.
Synthes' Customized Surgical Solutions combines an interactive planning session using ProPlan CMF Software with the output of patient-specific surgical guides to create a comprehensive preoperative planning service with tactile transfer to the operating room. The interactive virtual planning process allows the surgeon to make critical clinical decisions preoperatively.