: 3D implant for Ukraine's war veteran

15:56 May. 28, 2016

3D implant for Ukraine's war veteran

Doctors conduct a surgery (UNIAN photo)

Polish medics perform first-of-a-kind surgery in Ukraine

A 24-year-old Ukrainian soldier, who was wounded fighting Russian-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine, now has a new titanium jaw. In Lviv military hospital, Polish doctors conducted surgery which is both successful and unique for Ukraine.

Roman Hulyk was demobilized two years ago. He defended Luhansk airport, and then the village of Krymske in Luhansk region, where he came under a fire on Christmas Day.

Since then he had spent a lot of time in hospitals in need of a complicated surgical intervention.

The individual transplant model for the serviceman was created on the basis of his computed tomography (CT). Later the data was used by the Polish specialists, who had made a part of his jaw with the help of 3D printer.

"We can carry out various surgeries based on the CT scans. The best thing is that this implant totally reduplicates the curved surface features of bones of the individual," the implant developer Andriy Lyapko said

The surgery was conducted by Professor of Lodz Medical University Marcin Kozakiewicz.

"With the help of the individually-accustomed implant, we have connected two parts of the jaw, so that we could ensure the patient's subsequent oral rehabilitation. Implants of the kind have been used in Lodz for already 10 years," Professor Kozakiewicz said.


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