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Nanavati Max launches 3D printing lab to facilitate high-precision surgeries

Nanavati Max Super Speciality Hospital has launched a Medical 3D printing laboratory to facilitate high precision surgeries. This pioneering facility is closely integrated with Oncology to provide state-of-the-art precision surgeries, that need to be performed carefully and accurately in oncologic, reconstructive orthopaedic and specialized dentistry surgeries.

The 3D printing laboratory features two 3D printers capable of producing bone models for a better understanding of intricate anatomy or pathology. Additionally, it generates surgical cutting guides to aid in the precise planning and execution of bone cancer surgeries.

The project has been led by Dr Manish Agarwal, Director, Surgical Oncology (Orthopaedic), Nanavati Max Institute of Cancer Care.

“Our in-house lab, equipped with the latest tools and an expert bioengineering team, enables the rapid production of bone models and cutting guides. Previously, outsourcing these services could take up to two weeks, but now, we can have these essential tools ready for our surgical team within 24 to 48 hours. In cancer treatment, where each day counts, such a rapid turnaround offers a dual benefit: it’s not only faster but also more cost-effective for our patients. Additionally, the use of open-source software and in-house resources makes this advanced technology highly affordable, further enhancing patient accessibility and care.” said Dr Agarwal.

“Utilizing custom-made jigs, detailed bone models, and advanced navigational tools, our surgical planning is elevated to a level that significantly improves patient outcomes. These innovations not only aid in precise surgical interventions but also play a critical role in enhancing the overall quality of life for our patients.” added Dr Agarwal.

The virtual design of 3D bone model is made using CT scans. These models are then utilized by the 3D-printers to produce the models and surgical cutting guides with unparalleled accuracy. While the bone models are used in surgical planning, the cutting guides fit perfectly on the patient’s bone, guiding surgeons to make precise excisions. The technology significantly enhances accurate delineation of tumor-affected areas to preserve healthy bone tissue and achieve optimal functional outcomes without compromising on treatment outcomes.

Mangla Dembi, Senior Vice President and Head, Nanavati Max Super Speciality Hospital said, “It is our constant endeavour at Nanavati Max to be ahead of the curve in providing the best technology for the internally comparable clinical outcomes. The introduction of the 3D printing facility within out hospital is a testimony of our commitment to offer accessible and affordable technology for precision surgery.”

This integration of technology with clinical excellence, extends beyond orthopaedic or head and neck cancer, to general orthopaedic, maxillofacial and plastic surgeries. Such advanced technologies being adopted in multiple domains are revolutionising healthcare in unprecedented ways. Voice of HealthCare

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