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Oct 30, 2018


Stratasys (Nasdaq: SSYS) announces that surgeons at the University Hospital Basel in Switzerland are cutting operating times for complex cranio-maxillofacial surgeries by over 33 percent with the use of 3D printed surgical guides, reducing risk of complications and improving patient outcomes. The hospital reports savings up to 2,000* Swiss Francs per surgery.

The hospital installed a Stratasys 3D printer in the Department of Cranio- and Maxillofacial Surgery, creating its own 3D printing lab, which has transformed its surgical planning processes. “Many of our trauma patients arrive with complex, life-threatening injuries that necessitate the creation of quick and efficient treatment plans,” explains Dr. Dr. Florian Thieringer. “Having access to in-house 3D printing on-demand has simply revolutionized the way we work, most notably for cranio-maxillofacial injuries.”

Surgical time for complex orbital floor reconstruction reduced by 33 percent 

According to Dr. Dr. Thieringer, this is especially the case with orbital floor and serious zygomaticomaxillary complex fractures. Here, the visibility is restricted due to the limited access, and the risks of error can be high. Previously, the team would need to plan reconstructions using standard titanium meshes. These meshes needed to be cut and formed by hand in the operating theatre to ensure an exact fit. This often resulted in an increased operating theatre time and cost and could negatively impact the patient. However, the use of Stratasys 3D printing technology now enables the team to produce a patient-specific model prior to the operation, all within two hours of receiving a patient’s CT scan.

“The use of 3D printed models for the planning of interventions and implants has reduced surgery time by up to 33 percent,” Dr. Dr. Thieringer says. A surgery which previously saw our patients under anaesthesia for over an hour-and-a-half, has now been reduced by a third to just one hour.” With an estimated cost per minute of 70 Swiss francs, the result is a staggering saving of around 2,0002 francs per operation3. “The impact on our patients is significant, says Thieringer, “and less time under anaesthesia means the risk of complications is substantially decreased.”

Removing complexity from the surgical process

For cases such as a complex orbital floor fracture, the team regularly makes use of titanium implants.

“With the highly-accurate 3D printed models, standard titanium implants can be shaped individually to create a hybrid patient-specific implant,” says Dr. Dr. Thieringer. “This reduces any cutting and suture time needed during the operation and also reduces the need to source patient-specific titanium implants from external suppliers. Also, thanks to the transparency of MED610 modelling material, we can create highly precise, anatomically correct models. This not only allows us to visualize parts of the anatomy otherwise obscured or limited during surgery, but it also reduces the need for patients to return for revision operations.”

Additionally, the ability to show accurate anatomical models allows doctors to better explain procedures to patients, ensuring they are more at ease prior to surgery.

Michael Gaisford, Director of Marketing, Healthcare, Stratasys concludes, “The University Hospital Basel’s continued advancement of 3D printing within its surgical practice reinforces why it is at the forefront of medical research and development in the region. By leveraging precision PolyJet 3D printing for patient-specific anatomical models, the hospital is not only improving patient care, but underpinning the benefit of this technology for reducing operating time, costs and mitigating risks.”

As the largest medical center in northwest Switzerland, the University Hospital Basel has over 50 specialist clinics, 750 beds and treats up to 350,000 patients a year.

11 CHF equivalent to €0.855; 2000 CHF = €1,710 (January 2018)
21 CHF equivalent to €0.855; 2000 CHF = €1,710 (January 2018)
3 This is only an exemplary cost estimation. The amount mentioned here assumes that one operating minute corresponds to approx. 70 Swiss Francs. Depending on the surgical procedure and the time saved, the total amount can be significantly higher or lower.

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Oct 30, 2018

Stratasys to Highlight the Life-Saving, Efficiency-Enhancing Potential of 3D Printing at MEDICA World Forum for Medicine 2018

This year’s MEDICA World Forum for Medicine (Düsseldorf, 12-15 November) will see Stratasys (Hall 9, Stand D12) demonstrate how medical institutions and their suppliers throughout the world are using advanced 3D printing across the entire value chain. Applications include surgical planning, physician training and medical device manufacture.

Highlighting a variety of detailed and insightful medical case studies on stand, visitors will learn how patient-specific, 3D printed models are improving operation outcomes and hospital efficiencies. These case studies will showcase exactly how cost reductions and time efficiencies are being witnessed by leading global medical facilities. At the University Hospital Mainz, the Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery Department is creating intricate, advanced 3D printed models to reduce life-threatening aortic operations by a dramatic 40%. Other examples of hospitals deploying this technology include Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust, and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in the UK. In addition, 3D printing has enabled many of these hospitals to plan and prepare for operations in a way previously impossible, as well as improve the medical training of tomorrow’s doctors and surgeons.

3D printing is also allowing engineers within the medical device industry to optimize the R&D process of new medical instruments and devices. Visitors to the stand will learn how customers such as NIDEK Technologies have reduced prototyping costs for its vision diagnostic systems by 75%, enabling it to enter clinical trials 50% faster.

Keynote Presentation: Monday 12th November, 10:45am

The first day of MEDICA will see 3D Fab+Print host the Additive Manufacturing Conference (Hall 8b, 1. Floor, Room 814A). Katharina Augsten, Healthcare Sales Manager EMEA, Stratasys, will deliver an insightful presentation entitled ‘How 3D printing can improve patient care, reduce operation costs and increase efficiency within the clinical environment’. Augsten will explore the benefits of 3D printing for the healthcare industry, from the technology’s increasing role in improving patient care and surgical outcomes, to the way in which it reduces operational costs and enhances efficiencies.

See Stratasys at MEDICA World Forum for Medicine on Stand D12, Hall 9, at the Messe Düsseldorf, 12- 15 November 2018.

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Oct 29, 2018


Stratasys (Nasdaq: SSYS) announced that surgeons at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, are using 3D printing technology to improve the success rates of life-saving, complex organ transplantation in young children. This is exemplified in the case of two-year-old Dexter Clark, who recently received a larger-than-average kidney from his father, Brendan Clark. 3D printing played an important role in the operation, according to Mr Pankaj Chandak, Transplant Registrar at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK, treating more than 2.4 million patients in acute and specialist hospital services and community services every year. Surgeons across the Trust are using Stratasys multi-material 3D printing for planning the most intricate of operations, with the transplant department a pioneer in the use of the technology. Most notably, it is the first Trust in the world to use 3D printed models to pre-plan the successful transplantation of an adult kidney into a small child with anatomical complexities.

In the case of Dexter, it was clear that he would require a kidney transplant before he was even born, with his father as the likely donor. Due to the complications of his illness, Dexter was able to eat only through a feeding tube and unable to enjoy a simple meal time with his parents and three brothers. In order to perform the required transplant, this case presented two distinct challenges for the surgical team. Firstly, Dexter weighed less than 10 kg, significantly increasing the risk. Secondly, his father’s kidney was much larger than that of the average adult male – raising questions as to the potential feasibility and safety of implanting the donor kidney into Dexter’s abdomen. 

Typically, conventional medical imaging is used in the pre-surgical planning process for surgeries such as this one, however these often have limitations. As such, the surgeons used a precision, multi-material Stratasys 3D printer, purchased from UK Partner, Tri Tech 3D, to produce two intricate, patient-specific models for pre-surgical preparations.

“Using our 3D printer, we worked in collaboration with Nick Byrne and his team – clinical scientists from our medical physics department who specialize in medical imaging. They converted patient CT scans into anatomically accurate, multi-material 3D models. These helped us appreciate aspects such as depth perception and space within the baby’s abdomen, which can often be difficult to ascertain when looking at conventional imaging,” explains Mr Chandak. “The ability to print a 3D model of the patient’s anatomy in varying textures, with the intricacies of the blood vessels clearly visible within it, enables us to differentiate critical anatomical relations between structures. The flexible materials also allowed us to better mimic the flexibility of organs within the abdomen for simulation of the surgical environment.”

Ordinarily, to reach a decision whether such complex transplants in children are viable, patients such as Dexter would normally have been placed under anaesthesia and the surgeon in some cases required to conduct an invasive surgical exploration to determine feasibility. With 3D printed models of the patient, the need for surgical exploration can be reduced, as the team can safely determine the optimal surgical approach in the pre-planning stages before the patient is on the operating table.

In Dexter’s case, the 3D printed models were also taken into the operating theatre on the day of the transplant and reviewed by Mr Nicos Kessaris (Consultant Transplant Surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust). Mr Kessaris was able to use the models during the operation to assess the best way in which the donor kidney would lie and fit into Dexter’s abdomen.

“This technology has the potential to really enhance and aid our decision-making process both during pre-surgical planning and in the operating room, and therefore can help in the safety of what is a very complex operation and improve our patient care,” says Mr. Chandak.

Emily Clark, Dexter’s mother, comments, “Since the transplant, Dexter is a changed boy, eating solid food for the very first time. We always knew the operation would be complicated but knowing that the surgeons had planned the surgery with 3D models that matched the exact anatomy of my husband’s kidney and son’s abdomen, was extremely reassuring. We hope that Dexter’s case will offer other suffering families similar reassurance that cutting-edge technology, such as 3D printing, can help surgeons better treat their loved ones.”

Michael Gaisford, Stratasys’ Director of Marketing for Stratasys Healthcare Solutions, concludes: “Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust is pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved with multi-material 3D printing within healthcare. It is a clear demonstration of the ability for 3D printing to enable physicians to better plan, practice and determine the optimal surgical approach. We are delighted to see Dexter has fully recovered and hope many other children can benefit from such forward-thinking applications of our technology.”

See Stratasys at MEDICA World Forum for Medicine on Stand D12, Hall 9, at the Messe Düsseldorf, 12- 15 November 2018.

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