Changing someone’s life is no new to 3D printing technologies. Once again it has led to save life of a teen to recover from a serious car accident.
This is the story of Jake Reynolds from Phoenix, Arizona who was hit severely by a vehicle a year ago. The vehicle hit Jake white it was at a speed of 25-30 miles per hour. The accidents impact led Reynolds’s head through the front shield of the car, leaving serious damage to his facial bones and major internal damage. Reynolds was rushed to Honor Health John C. Lincoln Medical Center in Phoenix, where Dr. Pablo Prichard was there who knew how to handle the injured youths case.
A 3D model of Reynolds damaged skull using the scanned data and mirror imaging was made once the internal damage of reconstructing muscles, nerve ending, and salivary glands was done. 3Dprinting was new to Dr. Prichard as he had never used it for facial construction. With the aid of the CT scan Dr. filled the area of the Reynolds bone with antibiotic bone cement. Later the 3D model was sent to a 3D printing service to be manufactured.
Dr. Prichard preferred using 3D printing to help in the process as most frequently metal plates and screws are used for the reconstruction process because the damage was severe. “The idea just came from the fact that we’ve used this technology before in the more common way as far as the skull defects and simpler objects,” said Dr. Prichard. “[It’s] basically kind of extending our previous experience in a more complicated way.”
Reynolds had gone through many facial surgeries since his accident under Dr. Prichard. The ultimate reconstruction surgery is scheduled where the 3D printed implants will be put in. due to which Reynolds face will look normal again, leading him to his usual life.
They just think it’s so amazing and how lucky I am to have all these advancements, especially in modern technology today,” explained Reynolds. “There’s a just ton out there for me, and if this was to happen 20 years ago … I sure would not look nearly as good as I do now.” The family is very thankful to Dr. Prichard for his surgery and the technology he has been able to use. . “They just think it’s so amazing and how lucky I am to have all these advancements, especially in modern technology today,” explained Reynolds. “There’s just tons out there for me, and if this was to happen 20 years ago … I sure would not look nearly as good as I do now.”
In 2014, first 3D printed facial implant was approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration. Till date the 3D technology has rarely been used, and still doctors are experimenting on it. Dr. intends to keep using the technology post the success of Reynolds surgeries. The surgery will be used only in extreme cases.
“Obviously, there are times where you can just reconstruct the area with the patient’s own natural bone because the bone isn’t as crushed and still has a blood supply,” he said. “This is basically if all else fails. As a surgeon, you’re trying to be on the cutting edge of technology, and you want to use traditional methods and then kind of marry them with those newer technologies, that can make your reconstructions and results just that much better.”
With Reynolds enjoying the perks of life identical to the one before accident, Dr. Prichard is intending to use the same 3Dmodelling and printing procedure to help reconstruct the face of a cop whose face was firmly shot. As 3D printed models are now becoming life saviors there will soon be a new breakthrough for another new world of 3D printing.