The future of transplantation

Printing 3D organs

At any object that you might think, from one with a simple form to one with a complex structure, within a few hours it can become a real object. Do you remember any scene from a science fiction film in which the wounds of a man were healed by filling the absence tissue by a device? This method is no longer in the SF domain. Even more, the component parts of organs and even whole organs can be build through this 3D printing technology.
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The 3D printing promises to revolutionize medical tehnical , working on achieving the most complex organs, such as a 3D human heart that will become reality in a few years.
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3D printing human organs

Even though it is hard to believe, through three-dimensional printing any organ can be obtained. The researchers have created veins, valves, human ears, skin, cartilage, parts of organs and even whole organs.
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Printed organ transplantation

3D printing is being used by several hospitals as a surgery aid, particularly for complex procedures like hip replacements and organ transplants.

The researchers at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine - let us know from 2011 that they managed to obtain a kidney using this technology.

The first transplant of an 3D organ was performed in november 2015.

“At four months old, Lucy Boucher suffered heart failure which starved her kidneys of oxygen. She was told she would need to have kidney dialysis for life, until surgeons at London's Guy's and St Thomas' and Great Ormond Street Hospital performed the transplant. To conduct the transplant, for which Lucy's father Chris, 35, donated his kidney, the surgeons made detailed models of Mr Boucher's kidney and Lucy's abdomen with a 3D printer, so they could map out the procedure with precision, hence minimising risks.”

In 2014, a surgeon used the technology to create a new pelvis for a man who had lost half his original one to cancer.

In April last year, bioprinting firm Organovo went one step further and announced that they had 3D printed the first human kidney cell tissue, which helps the researchers in drug testing.

Organ Printing