Ankle bone replaced with 3D printed implant

Written by Georgi Makin

Surgeons from UHealth Tower and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (FL, USA) have replaced a patient’s ankle bone with a cobalt 3D printed implant, following avascular necrosis. A team of surgeons from UHealth Tower and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (FL, USA) have reported success in implanting a 3D printed, metal ankle bone implant. The patient, Gracia Sylla, had been experiencing pain following the death of the talus bone tissue, a process known as by avascular necrosis or osteonecrosis, caused by a compromised blood supply typical of sickle cell disease. As non-surgical approaches failed...

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