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3D Printing Makes Surgery Safer, Less Invasive And More Effective     

Bento was like any other puppy – energetic, adorably cute and eager for attention. But one day staff members at the Pennsylvania pet store where Bento was being offered to a loving home noticed the pup was in pain and had an injury to his forearm, likely due to being dropped.
A good Samaritan offered to pay a surgery to fix Bento's injury, but after that initial surgery it became evident that his leg was not healing straight, resulting in a second fracture. Luckily, Malcolm Cooke, Executive Director at Case Western Reserve University Think Box in Cleveland, Ohio heard about the situation and offered to help.

Cooke, who typically works with orthopedic surgeons and dental surgeons and their human patients, offered to create a 3D model of Bento's injured leg that his surgeon could use to plan a second surgery.

The advent of 3D printing hasn't just had its impact on human or even canine medicine, but equine as well. Companies such as VetOvation is using 3D printing to make large animal surgeries safer and less invasive by allowing surgeons to use visualization technology in order to plan the surgical approach before making the first cut, keep incisions smaller and disruption to internal structures to a minimum.

“It would have been impossible to have got to this level of detail in terms of planning. The planning would have gone on in the OR,” Cooke told a local television station.

 

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