Titanium Rib Cage: 54-Year-Old Cancer Patient Receives 3-D Printed Implant in Chest


Doctors at Salamanca University Hospital in Spain, in conjunction with Anatomics, fitted the cancer patent with a 3-D reconstruction of his chest wall after removing a tumor.

Titanium implants aren’t new, but replacing large sections of the rib cage is tricky. Titanium prosthetics are usually built from various plate components, and over time they can come loose creating future complications.

Surgeons at the Salamanca University Hospital in Spain decided that a custom-designed titanium prosthetic would better replicate the portions of the patient’s chest that had been removed, and in the long term would be a safer option.

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