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Using 3-D printing, Dr. Harsha Ramaraju, a postdoctoral fellow in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering and Sarah Jo Crotts, lab manager for the Tissue Engineering and Mechanics Lab, are able to create customized, tracheal splints for child patients. Closer Look recently visited the team at their lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology. as part of the program’s tech week series, to see how the technology works.
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The August 17 procedure was the first-ever performed in the southeast and the 15th procedure overall.
With assistance from Georgia Tech, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has performed Georgia’s first-ever procedure to place 3D printed tracheal splints in a pediatric patient. The team used three 3D printed custom-made splints to assist the breathing of a 7-month-old patient battling life-threatening airway obstruction.
Amir is just 7 months old and is battling both congenital heart disease and Tracheobronchomalacia, a condition that causes severe life-threatening airway obstruction. He has suffered a number of episodes of airway collapse that could not be corrected with typical surgery protocols. A team at CHOA proposed an experimental procedure where they would insert a 3-D printed tracheal splint, which was created in part at Georgia Tech to open his airways. His mother agreed to Georgia’s first ever procedure to place 3-D printed tracheal splints in a pediatric patient.
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See how doctors at the University of Michigan used 3D printing to render a customized, life-saving stint for a young child with a rare tracheal disorder.
Garret Peterson was born with a defective windpipe. His condition, known as tracheomalacia, left his trachea so weak the littlest thing makes it collapse, cutting off his ability to breathe.
The long metal table in the University of Michigan biomedical engineering lab is covered by a film of white dust. Scattered across the table are opaque-colored objects shaped like ears, noses, vertebrae, and jawbones – all made from biological material.
The New Yorker
The exponents of 3-D printing contend that the technology is making manufacturing more democratic; the things we are choosing to print are becoming ever more personal and intimate. This appears to be even more true in medicine: increasingly, what we are printing is ourselves.
When 18-month-old Kaiba Gionfriddo was born, his family learned that his trachea was flattened, making it impossible to breathe. Engineers used a 3-D printer to make a revolutionary custom splint that holds his windpipe open, enabling him to take his first full breath. NBC’s Kevin Tibbles reports
When Kaiba Gionfriddo was just a few months old, a 3D-printed device saved his life. Thanks to 3D printing, a technology that produces objects of any shape, including medical devices highly customized for patients, from a computer model, these kinds of stories are becoming increasingly common. In order to keep up, the FDA is now looking at how it might evaluate medical devices made using 3D printers.
Kaiba Gionfriddo of Youngstown, Ohio, has a bioprinted splint holding his airways open. Without it, he wouldn’t be able to breathe.
Researchers at the University of Michigan used a 3-D printer to build a tiny splint-like implant that saved a baby boy with life-threatening breathing problems. With the implant’s success, custom-designing medical devices on a 3-D printer may become common.
3D printers are increasingly being used in medical settings. A small piece of plastic turned out to be the key to saving a young boy’s life.
A 3-D printer is being credited with helping to save an Ohio baby’s life, after doctors “printed” a tube to support a weak airway that caused him to stop breathing. The innovative procedure has allowed Kaiba Gionfriddo, of Youngstown, Ohio, to stay off a ventilator for more than a year.
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Doctors obtained emergency FDA clearance to surgically sew a 3D-printed splint to Kaiba Gionfriddo’s trachea.
An infant’s collapsing airway now has a device holding it open; as his tissue strengthens, the splint will be absorbed into his body.
‘Vacuum cleaner’ for windpipe created by experts in Michigan hailed as a medical breakthrough.
New England Journal of Medicine
A 3D printer saved the life of a baby boy with a rare disease that kept him from breathing properly.
If you think 3D printing’s overhyped with all this talk of plastic guns and strange, spider-like houses, you clearly haven’t seen this: a tiny airway splint created using a 3D printer that saved a three-month-old’s life.
Nature World News
Kaiba Gionfriddo, a 20-month-old boy, has become the first person in the world to receive an airway splint made using a 3-D printer. The boy had a collapsed bronchus that was disrupting the airflow to his lungs, making him unable to breathe.
New York Daily News
In a medical first, doctors used plastic particles and a 3-D laser printer to create an airway splint to save the life of a baby boy who used to stop breathing nearly every day.
When Kaiba Gionfriddo was born, his parents never expected to have to look on, helpless, as his windpipe collapsed daily and stopped him from breathing. They were desperate—so when a team of researchers suggested that a 3D printercould help, they leapt at the chance.
A BABY’S life has been saved by using a device to help him breathe created by a 3D printer.
A flexible, absorbable tube helps a baby boy breathe, and heralds a future of body parts printed on command.
Biomedical engineers at the University of Michigan have revealed how they used 3-D printing technology to fashion a tiny, custom-made implant that helped save the life of a newborn baby boy.
New York Times
A flexible, absorbable tube helps a baby boy breathe, and heralds a future of body parts printed on command
3D printing allows for speed, efficiency and customization, three factors that can make a life-altering — hopefully life-saving — difference.
The splint that saved Kaiba came straight out of a 3D printer, using an additive manufacturing software program that was designed and developed specifically for biomedical professionals.