Cape Town, South Africa, March 15 (Infosplusgabon) – A team of experts from the hospital Steve Biko at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, performed the first implantation of the middle ear bones made by printing in 3D on the patient.
They successfully replaced the middle ear bones on a 35-year-old patient who is expected to recover her hearing completely after the ear has been damaged by a car accident. Replacement parts are made of titanium.
"By replacing only the blisters that were not working properly, the procedure is less dangerous than dentures," said leading surgeon Mashudu Tshifularo, adding that the procedure was "fast with minimal scarring".
Professor Shifolaro, who works at the Faculty of Medicine at Pretoria University, spent the last decade investigating how to find the right prosthesis for this type of surgery.
Recall that South Africa became the front page of the press in the 1960s, when palm surgeon, Chris Bernard, performed the first heart transplant in the history of medicine.
On December 3, 1967, Professor Barnard took over the heart of Dennis Darvall, the victim of an accident, to Louis Vashkansky, 54, who survived 18 days before the death of another illness. Professor Bernard became a world celebrity.
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