The operation was a success for the 46-year-old farmer who underwent an operation on August 28 to replace part of his skull with a 3D-printed titanium prosthetic.
The 46-year-old patient, surnamed Hu, lost half of his skull during a construction accident last October when he fell from the third story of a building.
Hu underwent surgery at the Xijing hospital in Xi’an, Shaanxi province, where doctors utilized 3D-printing technology to create the metal hood that would fill in the missing skull.
During a 3.5-hour operation, doctors first separated the man’s scalp from his skull then peeled off a layer of muscle to insert the titanium mesh implant. The operation was reportedly a success, and the shape of Hu’s skull now appears normal.
He’s scheduled to leave the hospital five days after his operation.