To make these models, the 3D Print Lab relies on an Objet30 Prime 3D printer, using biocompatible MED610 material. “Having access to an in-house 3D printer has simply revolutionized the way we treat many kinds of cranio-maxillofacial injuries,” Dr. Thieringer explains. “MED610 is ideal, as the transparent models allow us to visualize parts of the anatomy otherwise obscured ahead of surgery. This is essential in cases where the orbital floor or several walls are fractured, and these bio models enable us to eliminate time-consuming elements of the treatment process.”
Dr. Thieringer continued, “the use of Stratasys 3D models for the planning of interventions and implants has decreased surgery time by a staggering 33 percent. Now, a surgery which, on average, saw our patients under anesthesia for over an hour-and-a-half has been cut by a third to just one hour, additionally minimizing the risk of complications."
Also, as the models are anatomically correct, we are decreasing the need for patients to return to us for revision operations.” Beyond substantial time-savings and reduced complications, Dr. Thieringer’s team has also reported remarkable cost-savings associated with the surgeries. On average, when surgery time is reduced by 33 percent, the result is a significant savings of 70 Swiss Francs per minute or around 2,0001 Swiss francs per operation. “The Stratasys Objet30 Prime fits effortlessly into our 3D Print Lab, and we are now harnessing it for the benefit of many of the patients that enter the Oral and Cranio-Maxillofacial clinic."
Without 3D printing and the biocompatible, transparent material MED610, we wouldn’t be able to visualize these complex surgeries ahead of time, bring the model into the operating theatre, and ultimately improve the care for our patients,” he concludes. Outside the clinic for Oral and CranioMaxillofacial Surgery, the University Hospital Basel continues to integrate Stratasys 3D printing into the pre-surgical planning of other departments to improve not only patient outcomes, but also capitalize on the time and cost savings across the hospital.