Young woman gets a 3D-printed skull implant (Photos / Video)

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This young woman suffered a disease that made her skull's thickness abnormal, to the point it induced pressure on her brain. A group of Dutch surgeons had a timely solution.

Since the thickness of the 22-year-old woman's skull grew by about three (3) times the normal, it had to be removed and replaced. The doctors made an exact copy of the skull - a 3D printed one ready for implant.

The surgical procedure took 23 hours. Said Ben Verweij, one of the leading surgeons in the operation:
Using 3D printing we can make one to the exact size. This not only has great cosmetic advantages, but patients' brain function often recovers better than using the old method.
3D printed skull photos snapped from the video:

Surgery orientation stage (preparation)

The 3D printed skull before implant:

The image says it all.. It's the brain, bare and open.

Fitting it on:

The 3D printed skull implanted:

Watch the video:

Thanks to technology but for sure, this procedure can be quite expensive. Source:

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