Makin sense: 3D printing for surgical procedures

Written by Georgi Makin

In this series of columns, I investigate 3D printing for surgical procedures: from preoperative consent to recovery.

Whilst 3D printing may not be a new technology, the uptake of 3D printing for surgical applications is growing and offering novel, creative opportunities for personalized care. From preoperative models to printing bioresorbable implants, 3D printed surgical solutions are varied in form and function, serving surgeons and patients both inside and out of the operating room.

In this series of Editor’s columns over the next few weeks, I will be investigating how 3D printing can benefit each stage of the surgical experience, from preoperative consent to recovery.

  1. Preoperative consultations and consent
  2. Surgical rehearsal and preparation
  3. [COMING SOON] Surgical tools and implements
  4. [COMING SOON] Implants
  5. [COMING SOON] Healing and recovery
  6. [COMING SOON] The operating room of the future: assistive and integrated technologies

>> Check out our infographic: 3D printing applications in surgery represented on 3DMedNet

Be sure to check out other relevant content along the way in our ‘Surgical applications’ channel and ‘Surgical case studies’ room as I tell the story of how 3D printing can assist surgical teams.

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