Additive manufacturing is growing fast and turning out to be the preferred technique to be utilized to learn about structures in healthcare. It is commonly utilized to research the structure of the involved pieces and to pre-plan the next surgeries. This results in quicker, reduced blood loss and good success rates.
A group of medics from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar lately utilized the technology. It helped them to know the facial bone development of a 13-year old lady. The girl was experiencing a unique disorder known as Cherubism.
The team effectively restored the vision of the adolescent from the Padmapur region of Keonjhar in Odisha. The girl was experiencing a rare eyesight condition.
Bibhabari Samal has been living with an uncommon auto-inflammatory condition (Cherubism) for over five years. The girl suffered progressive impairment of eyesight because of the rare inflammation of her face.
Samal suffered until 2017 with her parents thinking it was just a minor inflammation. But one day, the left eye protruded one morning when she was doing her face cleaning. This added additional threat to her eyes forcing her family to take her to a private hopsital. They took the girl to Cuttack where CT a scan and other examinations were done. Samal was then operated upon. But, this produced no useful results.
The family then talked to the AIIMS doctors with the hope of good results. A panel of medics from various disciplines chose to operate on the girl. But with the experience of medics at AIIMS and the multi-sector method, the disorder improved. The girl was eventually able to have back her normal vision.
“A surgery will be conducted by a team of doctors comprising maxillofacial and eye surgeons besides a neurosurgeon. A 3D structure of her face has been created by 3D printing technology which revealed that bone growth is seen almost encroaching upon the nerve of the eyeball on left side and bilateral orbits.” This is according to a media statement released by AIIMS Bhubaneswar doctors.
Currently, the girl is going to school and living a healthy life. But she is under constant follow-up at the AIIMS.
Her operation is the first and special one done at AIIMS, Bhubaneswar by the crew of doctors including of Dr. Bhagabat Nayak, Department of Ophthalmology and residents of respective departments, Dr. Mounabati Mohapatra, Prof and HOD, Department of Dentistry, Dr. Kiran Kumar Boyina, and Department of Trauma and Emergency, AIIMS Bhubaneswar.
Healthcare is witnessing a speedy transformation in how operations and surgeries are prepared and performed. The influence of additive manufacturing on the healthcare industry is large. in a country such as India, it makes an even more definite influence.