A 46-year-old farmer who lost half of his skull in a construction accident will undergo an operation at the Xijing hospital in Xi’an, Shaanxi province to replace the missing part with a titanium implant made with 3D-printing technology.
The patient, surnamed Hu, was doing construction on a house in Zhouzhi county last October when he fell from the third floor. He survived, but the left part of his skull was severely crushed and needed to be removed. The accident also impaired his vision and speech.
Today, Hu is undergoing the operation to fill in the missing skull with a 3D-printed titanium metal hood.
Last May, a 22-year-old Dutch woman received the world’s first 3d-printed implant for her skull.
Yesterday, we reported that the first-ever 3D-printed vertebra was implanted into a 12-year-old Beijing boy suffering from a tumor.