3D printed implantation created yet another magic on the life of a 14 year old boy in the United States when doctor implanted a fully functional 3D printed nose on his face. This is the story of transformation of a 14 year old Dallen Jennet of Marshall Islands who fell on a power grid line at the age of 9 and got disfigured.
Nose implant is not a new technology but till now doctors had not been able to provide full functionality to the patient. Jennet belongs to Marshall islands, a small country that lies near the equator in the Pacific Ocean. During the first phase of his treatment, doctors at Marshall Islands removed the remaining skin of his nose and implanted certain expanders to provide space for the 3D printed nose. Later on he was flown to New York for the second phase of his treatment. “The procedure is akin to a ‘nose transplant’ in that we were able to replace the nose with a functional implant,” lead physician Tal Dagan, associate adjunct surgeon, said in a Mount Sinai blog post.”
His team of doctors consisted of eminent and expert surgeons like Dagan and Dr Grigoriy Mashkevich, assistant professor of Otolaryngology, Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Mount Sinai, collaborated with Oxford Performance Materials Inc, a Windsor, Connecticut-based 3D printing company.
Finally, the doctors’ combined effort successfully implanted the nose with full functional capability.