Cleft lip surgery using 3D Printing

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My Father In-law was a famous surgeon for doing cleft lip surgery. According to the Scientific Reports volume, “Computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology have been implemented in the treatment of cleft lip and palates (CLP) by several research groups. This pilot study presents a technique that combines intraoral molding with a semi-automated plate generation and 3D-printing”.

3D printing technology for creating models of cleft palate pathology has been gaining popularity in recent years for surgical education purposes. The cleft palate is a congenital condition in which the roof of the mouth does not fully form, leaving a gap or split that can extend into the lip.

Creating 3D printed models of cleft palates allows surgeons to understand better the unique anatomy of each patient’s specific cleft palate, which can vary significantly in severity and complexity. Surgeons can use these models to plan and practice surgical procedures before operating on actual patients.

The process typically involves taking a CT scan or MRI of the patient’s cleft palate, which is then used to create a digital 3D model. 3D printed models are then 3D printed using specialized materials that accurately replicate the texture and feel of human tissue.

By using 3D printed models of cleft palates, surgeons can improve their understanding of the complex anatomy involved in cleft palate repair surgeries and practice and refine their techniques before performing surgery on a live patient. This can ultimately lead to better surgical outcomes and improved patient care.

3D Printed Models of Cleft Palate Pathology for Surgical Education

4 thoughts on “Cleft lip surgery using 3D Printing

    Gabriel k Jones said:
    August 15, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    This seems like a splendid break-through. Tried to read the entire article but it did not load in the mobile device.

    babl responded:
    August 16, 2018 at 11:58 am
    babl responded:
    August 16, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Thank you so much for telling me. I send you the link.:)

    babl responded:
    August 16, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Please let me know when you read it:)

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