Historic Surgery Uses 3D Printing to Remove Nearly 50 Tumors from Woman’s Uterus
“3D printing is revolutionizing the way we look at anatomy,” said Orthopedic Surgeon and Oncologist Dr. Joel Werier. “It adds another perspective to how we view tumours, how we plan our surgery techniques, and our ability to offer precision surgery.”
Research Associate Dr. Teresa Flaxman found it difficult to see Maureen’s tumors on her MRI scans, so she turned to the 3D Printing Lab for help.
Dr. Flaxman and other researchers from the Women’s Health Centre worked with Waleed Althobaity and Olivier Miguel at the 3D Printing Lab to create a 3D model of Maureen’s uterus, which was then printed. The patient’s uterus, because of the fibroids, was 20 times bigger than a normal one, but the team scaled it down eight times to 3D print it. The model took 14 hours to 3D print. Once it was printed, the model helped Dr. Singh and the rest of the surgical team to see exactly where the fibroids were located.
“This model helped to provide a good visual aspect. To have a model in my hands during surgery was incredible,” said Dr. Singh. “At the same time, we also had 3D images that I could look at on a TV screen in the operating room. It seems very futuristic, but in the operating room I was able to turn the image of the uterus at any angle or degree that I wanted, so I could see it from different perspectives, which helped during surgery.”…”
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