3d printed model helped surgeons to separate conjoined twins

Nothing gives more satisfaction to doctors than saving lives. In certain cases the surgeries are complicated that even it takes one or two days to complete the operation successfully. There is one such highly risky operations is to separate joint twins. It's not easy if their organs shared, in such situations, doctors need lots preparations before they execute the surgery.

>Conjoined twins

Nobody can deny that technology has made our life easier, 3d printing has been playing a crucial role in the medical field. Elysse Mata was carrying twins and both were conjoined, Elysse family took over her to Texas Children’s hospital and finally she gave birth to Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith Mata. With detailed research using 3d printer, the team of specialist from various departments starting from pediatric surgery, pediatric gynecology, liver transplant surgery, orthopedic surgery and few more altogether decided to do surgery and separate Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith Mata.

Conjoined Twins

Dr. Darrel Cass felt that the separating twins are not easy and has its own complications as many internal organs were shared (chest wall, lungs, pericardial sac, diaphragm, liver, intestines, colon and pelvis). Using 3d printing technology they printed out the twin organs using the regular of scanning and converting them into.Stl file to print. The result was as expected prints showed all the parts in detail that doctors examined, learned, prepared for the surgery. The below image will explain everything how 3d printing can be accurate and detail.

3d printed model

3d printed model 2

"This surgery was not without its challenges with the girls sharing several organ systems. Our team has been preparing for this surgery for months, and we've done everything from working with our radiology experts to build a 3D model of their organs, to conducting simulations of the actual separation surgery." said by Dr. Darrel Cass, co-director of the Texas Children's Fetal Center

After 26 hours of surgery, doctors finally separated both the Angels who lived together and sharing organs for more than 10 months. We should thank both 3d printing as the doctors.

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