LONDON: A survivor of a serious motorbike accident has had pioneering surgery to reconstruct his face using a series of 3D printed parts.
Stephen Power from Cardiff is thought to be one of the first trauma patients in the world to have 3D printing used at every stage of the procedure.
Doctors at Morriston Hospital, Swansea, had to break his cheekbones again before rebuilding his face.
Surgeons said that by using 3D printing techniques, much of the guesswork was removed from the reconstruction of the face.
The result is a face that is remarkably similar to Power’s before the accident.
The team at Morriston Hospital in Wales’ second city, Swansea, used CT scans to create and print a symmetrical 3D model of his skull, followed by cutting guides and plates printed to match.