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British surgeons have implanted a hip joint on a 3D printer for the first time --
Fix it in place with the patient's own stem cells.
Custom titanium implant-
Using Accurate measurements obtained from detailed body scans, made for Meryl Richards, 71.
The surgeon praised the operation as a 'game'
The 'Changers' of complex orthopedic surgery '.
Mrs. Richards had previously had six hip replacements that made her pelvis so weak that her legs had a hole in the bone.
This means that one leg is 2 inch shorter than the other, and she is getting more and more disabled due to pain.
In an interview with Sky News, she said she would soon be in a wheelchair without the technology.
'I have been walking on crutches or crutches for years,' she said . '.
'I hope this will get me moving again.
Mrs. Richards had this groundbreaking operation at Southampton General Hospital.
The surgeon sent a CT body scan of her pelvis to the Belgian company. Using computer-
They have created a customized auxiliary design and 3D printer
Socket for the new hip.
This shape is a thin layer made of titanium powder, which is in stock
With high welding
Mr. Douglas Dunlop, consultant surgeon who carried out the operation, said: 'There are a lot of benefits for patients through this pioneering operation.
'Titanium used to make hips is more durable and has been printed out to match the patient's precise measurements --
This should improve the fit.
This custom, he said
Artificial implants also speed up surgery and may reduce the risk of severe joint infection.
In order to increase the chances of success, scientists at the University of Southampton have developed a method of using Mrs. Richards's bone marrow stem cells as a 'glue' to securely secure the implant in place.
Professor Richard Oreffo said that cells grow new bones around the implant, adding: 'This will make the structure stronger, for Meryl, we hope this will be her last time back in the operating room.